Single Barrel Bourbon

ABV 47%
REVIEWED Issue 139
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Brand: Koval
Expression: Single Barrel Bourbon
Type: USA Whisky / Bourbon
Age: No Age Statement
Year of bottling: 2016
ABV: 47%
Country/Region: USA / Chicago
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Joel Harrison
Nose: Boulevardier cocktail: red vermouth, Campari bitterness and then the whisky kicks in. Not as direct as many Bourbons.
Palate: The palate is back to the form I’d expect for a Bourbon and this one is really good; you can pull out the corn creaminess and then the spices come in. Well tuned.
Finish: There are some herbaceous notes on the finish which add colour to the overall flavour.
Comment: You’d have to climb a big Hill to Trump this. Forget the others, this gets my vote.
Taster   Chris Goodrum
Nose: Quite herbal and chocolaty with plenty of youthful rye. Hints of orange conserve, earthy spice and subtle oak. The corn eventually arrives to add weight.
Palate: Bizarre! Very botanical. In fact it’s like a very lightly oaked gin!
Finish: Intense and mouth-watering with biting, bitter oak and lingering botanicals.
Comment: Not sure what to make of this gin inspired Bourbon.
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