Koval Single Barrel Bourbon Review

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Name: Koval Single Barrel Bourbon

ABV: 47%

Proof: 94

Notes: On the nose Koval single barrel bourbon has a very upfront and straightforward fruit scent to it. At first sip there is a burst of fresh fruit, most noticeably apricot, followed by more sweet flavors like caramel, vanilla, and maple syrup. Although sweet and with plenty of fruit flavors there are also some good spice flavors as well such as black pepper, tobacco, and leather. The finish is moderate with apricot flavors and some subtle earthy flavors and a slight burn. I really enjoyed this bourbon. It was definitely one that has unique flavors and is using some unique ingredients. The apricot flavor didn’t taste artificial and the tobacco and leather flavors added some complexity. Overall, I would definitely recommend this whiskey to a friend. In my opinion this one is best enjoyed neat.

History: Koval distillery uses Millet, which is a gluten-free ancient sustenance grain, and like corn, has a history of working in the spirits industry. Learn the full history of Koval Distillery here.

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Morning Report, Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

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Places: If you are visiting Dogfish Head Brewery and enjoy a few too many there’s a place not far away to rest up. The Dogfish Inn located just six short (or long) miles from the brewery is ready to offer you a bed. Each room features beer-centric amenities and design elements and includes a wool Dogfish blanket created in collaboration with the iconic American apparel maker Woolrich. The mini fridge is stocked with locally made snacks and you can enjoy a cup of complimentary Dogfish Chicory Coffee in the morning. There are plenty of activities nearby like kayaking and hiking and a bike path that will take you near the brewery. More information here.


Light Infantry Recipe

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2 oz. rye whiskey

1 oz. Lillet

1/2 oz. Cocchi Vermouth de Torino

4 dashes orange bitters

1 orange peel for garnish

1 maraschino cherry for garnish

Combine rye, Lillet, vermouth and bitters in a shaker with ice and stir. Rub orange peel around rim of a chilled martini glass; strain drink into glass. Twist orange peel over drink to release its oils and add to glass. Garnish with a cherry. Enjoy!


Morning Report, Monday, August 25th, 2014

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Food: Spice up your recipes with some delicious Bluegrass Soy Sauce from Bourbon Barrel Foods. Crafted in small batches using Kentucky grown Non-GMO soybeans, soft red winter wheat, and the purest limestone filtered Kentucky spring water the soy bean mash is aged in re-purposed bourbon barrels. Bluegrass Soy Sauce has nice smoke flavor with a noticeable flavor of delicious Kentucky bourbon that is perfect for a number of dishes. Get some here.



Morning Report, Thursday, August 21st, 2014

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Gear: Check out these amazing whiskey cups from Howler Brothers. These limited edition Whiskey Cups are a collaboration between Howler BrothersOxide Pottery in beautiful Lynchburg, Virginia. They are handmade and each set comes with four cups with four different designs: Gator Tails, Flying Tarpon, Fish Shaka, and Seahorse & Rider. Simply put, they’re stunning. Get them here.

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News: Fishers approves plan to expand Sun King brewery. Jobs are brewing in Fishers, thanks to Indianapolis craft beer maker Sun King. The company is planning to open a second location in Fishers by next summer. The four councilors in attendance at Monday’s Fishers Town Council meeting voted unanimously in favor of the brewery, which is projected to bring in tens of thousands of visitors a year. Sun King owner and co-founder Clay Robinson says the brewery needs the space. On a typical Friday, about a thousand people visit their downtown location. Full article here.


Morning Report, Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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Gear: Take your bar skills and tools with you wherever you go with the W&P Cocktail Kit. Kit Includes: The W&P Canvas + Leather Mason Bag, The Mason Shaker, One W&P Muddler (10 in), One W&P Jigger (0.75 0z / 1.5 oz), Two W&P Linen Cocktail Napkins, and Two W&P Cocktail Coupes (5.5 oz). Get one here.

News: Bourbon Production Reaches High Point Since ’70s. In a business where patience is part of the process, Kentucky bourbon makers are making a big bet by stashing away their largest stockpiles in more than a generation. To put it in bartenders’ lingo: Distillers are putting up the tab for millions of rounds of bourbon years before they are even ordered. The production poses an inherent risk, but hitting the moment right — a big supply meshing with big demand — could mean a serious payday for companies big and small. Full article here.