Few whisky distilleries have captured the passion of American distilling experimentation with such success as the family-owned, Chicago-based Koval distillery.
Founded in 2008 and claiming to be the first distillery in Chicago since the mid-1800s, the organic distillery is run by husband-and-wife team Dr. Robert Birnecker and Dr. Sonat Birnecker-Hart. Their whiskies have been off-and-on visitors to Australian shelves, but they’re making a triumphant return in 2016.
The new-look Koval whiskies will be showcasing at this year’s Sydney Whisky Fair (26 and 27 August, and well-and truly sold out!). A distillery with a fair bit of modern history, but also with a progressive outlook on distilling, there’s a decent amount of backstory to get your head around – which is why we’ll be sitting down in a more intimate environment prior to this year’s event.
As part of our Masterclasses series in the lead up to this year’s Sydney Whisky Fair, The Oak Barrel will be hosting the 2016 launch of the Koval whiskies Wednesday 27 July.
Sampling the single barrel Bourbon, Rye, Millet (!) and Four Grain in a sit down round-table discussion with the importers and The Oak Barrel’s Scott Fitzsimons.
All of these whiskies are certified organic and the distillery works with local farmers to source their grain.
One of their most sought-after releases is the Millet whisky, a very unique expression distilled from 100% millet grain.
All of these whiskeys are single barrel releases, having been matured in 30 gallon (slightly over 100 litre) barrels. To show the scope of the distillery for this masterclass, we’ve also got the Koval gin to try – which won’t be at Whisky Fair.
Tickets are on sale now and strictly limited.
WHISKIES ON TASTE
Koval Single Barrel Bourbon
Koval Single Barrel Rye
Koval Single Barrel Millet
Koval Single Barrel Four Grain
Koval Dry Gin
WHAT: Koval Whiskey Masterclass
WHERE: The Oak Barrel, 152 Elizabeth St, Sydney 2000
WHEN: Wednesday 27 July, 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start
PRICE: Members $15 / Non-Members $25
TICKETS: [MEMBERS] / [NON-MEMBERS]
Line-up may change due to unforeseen circumstances without notice