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Koval Single Barrel Four Grain Whiskey

Aged for a minimum of 2-4 years, these organic, kosher whiskies are produced by the first craft distillery in Chicago since Prohibition.
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"Being a craft distiller allows us to be flexible and bring a new approach to the market," says Sonat Birnecker, the founder of Koval Distillery. "Craft can be different. Different in business model. Different in product. Craft is a way to be creative." Together with her husband, Robert, Birnecker founded Koval Distillery — Chicago's first distillery since Prohibition — in 2008.

Koval Distillery, which is situated just a few feet away from Hollywood Beach in Chicago's North End, is dominated by a custom-made, 2,000 gallon, Kothe Destillationstechnik copper-pot still imported from Germany. "I come from a family that's been distilling for over a hundred years in Austria," explains Robert, who has been distilling spirits himself since he was a child. "My grandfather had a distillery in Austria and I would help him to make different eau de vies and brandies when I was growing up. He taught me the importance of having the right equipment and using fresh, organic ingredients."

Koval Four Grain Whiskey is made from a mash of oats, malted barley, rye and wheat. Much like Koval Rye Whiskey, the grains are 100% organic and distilled through the Birneckers' still, which was specifically designed to produce whiskey.

Koval Four Grain Whiskey has a nose of banana and dried, tropical fruits, which is followed by notes of oak, buttery bread and a spicy finish. Koval Four Grain earned the Silver Medal at the American Distilling Institute in the "Non-Traditional Whiskey" category, and the Gold Medal at the International Whisky Competition in the "American Whisky" category.

Once the whiskey has matured for a minimum of 2-4 years, each bottle is filled from a single barrel, before being labeled by hand.

"When we got started, we noticed that there was a real vacuum regarding distilling knowledge in the United States," says Robert, "If the majority of product being put out is good, it helps the entire industry. If somebody tries a crappy product that's labeled "˜craft' from somebody else, they're less likely to try our product. It's important to us that the whole industry grows with us. We don't want it to be a one-hit wonder, something that everyone rushes to and then it kind of dies down again."

Koval Four Grain was named runner-up for the US Micro Whisky of the Year in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2017.

Koval, which is a Yiddish term meaning blacksmith, is often used colloquially to refer to the blacksheep of the family.

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Koval Four Grain Whiskey has a nose of banana and dried, tropical fruits, which is followed by notes of oak, buttery bread and a spicy finish.

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