Koval Single Barrel - Rye

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Distillery Bottling
#4 Charred American White Oak Barrel
40.0 % Vol.
500 ml
Added on
16 oct 2013 11:49 pm
UncoloredSingle Cask Whisky

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€ 41.65

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Whisky reviews for Koval Single Barrel - Rye

6 users have left 7 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 65.64 points.

  1. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    For a whiskey Bottled at 40% this has a very nice mouthfeel, but as you might expect, the lower proof takes the oomph out of the rye spice, which only really shows up as tame pepper in the tail end.

    Apart from that, I don't have much to grumble about.

    There's still quite a lot going on from beginning to end and for me, it's all cohesive, even when unexpected things happen.

    The nose has a bunch of pungent floral notes that were the first things to hit me before the red sweetness and orange soda bubbled up.

    At the same time, it also has some earthy and very not sweet components that sit in the middle and are eventually crowded out by the rising vanilla.

    The palate started in keeping with the nose; parading the maple and sugary cereal, but then some herbal and citric bitterness stopped it in its tracks and cleared a path for a fair amount of drying tannins to take the wheel, all without stripping the inside of my mouth.

    The tannins stuck around through the tail, but more burnt and caramelised brown sugar crept back in and were then joined by a tentative suggestion of chocolate nuttiness and that docile pepper.

    So far I've had the four grain, this and scotch aged in Koval barrels and I've been happy to drain the glass each time.

    Not a typical offering, but definitely on to something, even if it could do with an ABV boost.
    • Nose
      78 78
      Roses, lily, jasmine. Ruby red cherries, builder's putty, orange Fanta, loose leaf tea, vanilla caramel
    • Taste
      77 77
      Maple, caramel, orange candies, frosted breakfast cereal orange bitters, wood tannins
    • Finish
      77 77
      Burnt demerara, cocoa dusted almond, mild grey pepper

  2. hzs275 scored this whisky 62 points Expert Senior

    waste oily
    • Nose
      62 62
    • Taste
      64 64
    • Finish
      60 60

  3. FritzeKrautman scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A little more strength would do him good. The fruity-spicy finish pleases, overall the rye notes are somewhat muted.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Solvent, sour spiciness, pine resin, barbeque sauce, musty wood, slightly floral
    • Taste
      83 83
      Soft, spicy, cough syrup, slightly sweet
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium-long finish with apricot, spiciness and sweetness

  4. boy_genius_ck scored this whisky 73 points Connoisseur

    i would rather have the white rye instead of this one, at least that one had good texture, this is just boring

  5. Schlossgespenst scored this whisky 52 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      50 50
    • Taste
      62 62
    • Finish
      10 10

  6. Schlossgespenst scored this whisky 52 points Expert Junior

    Hard to say ... a whiskey is not supposed to be here for the first time. Generally very hard to get used to and certainly not everyone's case. Nevertheless interesting; for me a vivid example of how complex Whisk (e) y can be in all its forms.
    • Nose
      Plastic and rubber, something like a new dinghy. Then a slightly sulfuric note, something reminiscent of gear oil and very slightly solvent. Overall, he makes a somewhat oily impression.
    • Taste
      Something tingling and spicy, the engine oil component remains. Seasoning, sweetness coming up, the Rye component now seems, if only slightly, through. Every now and then you can feel minimal notes of fresh oak.
    • Finish
      Again, gum notes, a little oiliness and light spice. Short to medium finish, becoming drier toward the end. Not really intoxicating.

  7. smaeksle did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    F urchtbar. Brrrrrrrrr ....
    • Nose
      Smells like a cold bath, mountain pine and sage. Smells awful.
    • Taste
      Soft, sweet, some honey. Then the whole thing gets a juniper note again.
    • Finish
      Short and meaningless.


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