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    Chicago Rye - unaged grain whiskey

    http://www.koval-distillery.com/prod...ts/rye-chicago

    Wondering if any Chicago SBers have tried this?
    Produced by Koval Distillery in Chicago....see the site for other distilled grain products.

    Unfortunately, it is not available in my local Binny's...a trip to a suburban Binny's is required.

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    Re: Chicago Rye - unaged grain whiskey

    Take a trip to meet them. They distill about 10 minutes walking time from my apt., and are very nice. The spirit is fantastic, but the ginger liqueuer is my favorite along with the rye vodka.

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    Re: Chicago Rye - unaged grain whiskey

    Can the McHenry Binny's get the product shipped to them?
    They are not listed on the available buy stores.

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    Re: Chicago Rye - unaged grain whiskey

    I cast another vote for the ginger liquer. Nice stuff.
    "Brownest of the brown liquors..so tempting. What's that? You want me to drink you? But I'm in the middle of a trial!" L. Hutz

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    Re: Chicago Rye - unaged grain whiskey

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    Can the McHenry Binny's get the product shipped to them?
    They are not listed on the available buy stores.
    Possibly. I'll check for you . I've liked everything they've made. It's certified Kosher and Organic, so it's all clean and quite tasty.

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    Re: Chicago Rye - unaged grain whiskey

    Thanks...shoot me a PM.

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    Re: Chicago Rye - unaged grain whiskey

    Well, I did a drive-by. It looks like they are still under construction. All the best to 'em. Where are people getting the money for this sort of thing? I can't believe it's that lucrative.

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    Re: Chicago Rye - unaged grain whiskey

    http://www.koval-distillery.com/about-us

    If you read about Robert's background in the above About section... it shows that his family in Austria has a long history in distilling and was in government for awhile.....I might guess that he has some family resources. Plus whatever his wife and other family members may have invested.

    The Kothe stills and equipment look gorgeous....and expensive. What would say is the minimum to start such an operation...especially in Chicago?
    $3-5 million?

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    Re: Chicago Rye - unaged grain "spirit"

    Since Binny's had a 15% off coupon this weekend I visited the Algonquin, IL store....opened this past spring...very nice, extremely well stocked...including very pricey single malts....$4,999 Black Bowmore and others.

    Heeding my wife ...."don't go crazy"...I picked up three new for me additions...Parker's Heritage, Aberlour A'bun adh and this local distillery product - "Organic" Chicago Rye spirit by Koval.

    Put in the freezer until cold
    40% abv
    Crystal clear - looks like water, leaves a nice film on the glass
    Nose - a typical grain spirit nose but the rye grain adds a hard to describe nutty, mellow note, not overtly sweet. Some tasters have indicated a vanilla note...to me maybe a hint of a vanilla extract aftertaste.
    Palate - grain spirit in evidence (the element in many Canadian whiskeys I find somewhat off putting), very smooth, the nutty, mellowness comes through.

    This would probably make a nice martini or cocktail base....essentially it is a rye vodka...but a decent sipper. Nothing like a rye whiskey in taste..boo hoo...probably similar to a rye whitedog.
    Store this in a mini bourbon barrel for 4+ years...there might be an interesting change.

    http://www.gapersblock.com/drivethru...ters_run_deep/

    Feature Fri May 08 2009
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    Last edited by Jono; 07-19-2009 at 17:14.

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    Re: Chicago Rye - unaged grain whiskey

    That guy is the dealer in the country for those stills. Did it stay crystal clear when you put it in the freezer?

 

 

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