Aged: Minimum of 1 year
80 proof 40% alcohol
First Irish style whiskey for Colorado.
On the Nose: Floral with a hint of vanilla bean and oak.
Taste: Chef Matthews uses his grandfather’s recipe for moonshine. The key process for this is to have a low and slow run on the still. This allows for a very smooth flavor and puts the warming of the alcohol in the back of the throat, allowing one to taste the sweetness of the Irish style whiskey on the tongue. Definitely compares to some Irish whiskeys that I have tasted. The silky smoothness of the floral, vanilla and oak flavors have traveled through the nose and landed right on the palate. Delicious! Cheers!
Aged: Barrel aged at least 1 month
88 proof 44% alcohol
On the Nose: Vanilla and oak are strong on the nose with a very earthy scent. Almost similar to a garden. Strong leafy vegetables, tomatoes and peppers.
Taste: Mild tobacco and Anaheim pepper flavor. The oak is present but the pepper is more pronounced and hits the tongue right away. The sweet flavor lands about half way through the tasting. I am wondering with more barrel time if it would produce more of a sweetness from the corn. Not bad for a young bourbon at all, and great with sweeter cocktails.
Please note: My taste of tobacco may be different than others. I think of the leafy plant not an ash tray. The leafy plant makes it more pleasurable to taste.
Aged: 6 months.
86 proof 43% Alcohol
On the Nose: Honeysuckle, hints of lemons and mild sugar sweetness
Taste: For this high rye the first thing I taste is anise with a strong wood flavor. The rye is mild with a subtle pepper finish that coats the entire tongue to let you know it is there. This is a perfect rye whiskey to introduce to someone that wants to try a rye for the first time.
Disclaimer: 10th Mountain makes one of my favorite rye whiskeys. The rye whiskey that I prefer is aged longer than 6 months. (this is all I had available to me in our neighborhood liquor store for this review, which quite possibly means I might have drank all the longer aged bottle that we purchased from the distillery). Please check out all of their aged ryes and do a side by side comparison to find your favorite. Cheers!
Two Bitch Bourbon Pack Leader Reserve
Aged: Nine years
101.4 proof 50.7% alcohol
Batch: 001 Bottle: 174
Two Bitch Bourbon has done it again with the surprise of their third release. Presenting to us, bourbon barrels that were aged 9 years. How were they able to get their paws on them, one will never know.
On the Nose: The nose reminds me of the sweetness of Christmas. It starts with an oak scent that transforms into a brown sugar and plum.
The bourbon is thick and very pronounced with a full mouth feel. It starts with a juicy fruit flavor (which I have been told by other master distillers is a good flavor to start with when compiling notes). Then I taste a slight molasses and full on vanilla creme brulee. It finishes with a white pepper that compliments the sweet side. Great sipping bourbon for a cold night on the porch next to your best friend.
Aged 2 year
124.8 proof 62.4% alcohol
Barrel 38 Bottle 49
On the nose: This cask strength, single malt whisky has a floral scent. A cross between flower petals and honey almond. A mild wood scent rounds it out, but the more you nose, the more you will get the floral piece.
Taste: Spirit Hound Distillers bottles their whisky by the barrel. During the time that I met Craig he was sharing samples of Barrel 38 and I had to go back for more. Now some may think that barrel strength is too strong (since it is marked at 124.8 proof), but it provides great characteristics that makes you want to continue to sip the whisky until the last drop is gone from your glass, or refill it, your choice.
This particular barrel has a heavy tobacco/peat/smoke flavor with a powerful pepper finish. The flavors follow all the way through the tasting similar to a scotch. The pepper is a nice compliment for the earth tones and a slight cocoa powder. Had to throw the chocolate in there.
Spirit Hound is definitely a distillery that you will want to visit in Lyons, CO. You can try multiple barrels of whiskey and other spirits that they have available. I have got the point where I can pick out which barrels have Craig’s flavor profile written all over it (more of the scotch style whisky).
A TRIO tasting of Koval's Whiskeys
Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
94 proof 47% alcohol
Aged: under 4 years
On the Nose: Vanilla and oak, and a sweet scent from possibly the corn. But I cannot tie it to just one sweet smell.
Taste: A heavy woodiness comes out and expressions of tobacco and chocolate coat the entire mouth.
Single Barrel Rye Whiskey
80 proof 40% alcohol
100% Rye Whiskey
On the Nose: mild floral and wood undertones
Taste: In my opinion this is a very mild rye and great for those that would like to start trying rye whiskies. It has a buttery feel with a hint of mint and a very mild black pepper finish. I think the proof on the whiskey takes away from the peppery finish that I am used to, but I really like pepper forward ryes. This will definitely be recommended to those that enjoy whiskeys and have a preference of a less peppery finish.
Single Barrel Whiskey Four Grain
94 proof 47% alcohol
Four Grains: Oat, Malted Barley, Rye and Wheat
On the Nose: Strange but the nose on this one does not give you a preview into what you will be tasting. Starts off with a scent of oak and almost presents a mild floral scent. It creeps in there when you least expect it.
Taste: Buttery toffee flavor that is so smooth on the mouth feel and presents itself throughout the entire taste. Towards the end of the taste the mild pepper flavor comes in and makes itself know but is not over powering.
Out of the three tastings my favorite is the Four Grain. The grains are perfectly billed out to make this a great whiskey. The mouth feel is so smooth and being able to taste the flavors all the way through if amazing. Cheers!