Crazy price for Koval Single Barrel Millet

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Postby Belgian » Sat Sep 27, 2014 11:25 pm

JeffPorter wrote:Well, I hope I didn't lead anyone astray in terms of buying something they didn't really like. I DO want to be trusted on this site.

I think you are, and people can get full refunds, which is to guarantee people like their LCBO purchase.
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Postby rfrf » Sun Sep 28, 2014 8:20 pm

JeffPorter wrote:
Belgian wrote:
MatttthewGeorge wrote:I was pretty close to picking up a bottle of this, but the last few reviews have made me think otherwise.

Me too. I feel dispirited.


Well, I hope I didn't lead anyone astray in terms of buying something they didn't really like. I DO want to be trusted on this site.

I did make a great Toddy the other night.
I enjoyed. Maybe not for $80, but on sale, great.
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Postby instantkamera » Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:50 pm

This is now $29.somethingorother at my LCBO. I still passed on it.
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Postby admviolin » Fri Oct 24, 2014 1:33 pm

Tastes fantastic with ginger ale!
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Postby midlife crisis » Sat Oct 25, 2014 4:06 pm

I'm a big fan of this whiskey. Ultra smooth. Unique flavours.
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Postby mintjellie » Wed Oct 29, 2014 10:59 am

JeffPorter wrote:
Belgian wrote:
MatttthewGeorge wrote:I was pretty close to picking up a bottle of this, but the last few reviews have made me think otherwise.

Me too. I feel dispirited.


Well, I hope I didn't lead anyone astray in terms of buying something they didn't really like. I DO want to be trusted on this site.

I did make a great Toddy the other night.


I think your review was pretty accurate. What you like, is what you like. Just because I don't enjoy something as much as you did, that doesn't make it a bad drink, and it certainly doesn't make you a bad reviewer. It just means your preferences are a little bit different than mine.

Would I have bought this at 80 dollars? No. Is it a decent whiskey at its sale price? Yes, it's good enough.
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Postby lister » Thu Nov 06, 2014 8:09 am

I finally got around to this last night. I like it, not sure it would be worth the initial asking price but I'm not disappointed with it at the sale price. It's quite smooth and soft. Subtle nose. I think it would be a good whisky for beginners.
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Postby microbrute » Sat Dec 06, 2014 2:50 am

Just to add to the previous reviews, I think you have to go into this one realizing that this is essentially a micro distillery (well, small batch at the very least, Koval isn't tiny). So what you're supporting is a craft distillery and a hand crafted product.

The truth of it is, if you're looking for top quality flavour, most people will learn towards spirits aged 10+ years, which is totally understandable, spirits aged that long are smooth and easy to drink and have tons of unique flavours. For a small distillery, 10 years is almost unfathomable.

But what you don't get with a big distillery is unique spirit ingredients like millet, nor organic grains (in most cases), so that's what makes this a unique product. Supporting a small company who didn't bulk create the spirit, plus a unique flavour profile is what you're paying for. So at $37, it's a steal!

I wouldn't go as far as to compare the big guys like Crown and CC to Coors and Labbat's, but that's probably the closest comparison in the spirit market. Except in this case, the big companies have the benefit of tons of barrel aging to mask the bulk spirit production, so their product is easy to consume and hard to reject at their affordable price points.

To each their own, and there's something to be appreciated in all spirits, craft or bulk. Nice to see people so willing to try a relatively unknown craft product like this in the spirit category. Spirits has a long way to catch up to craft beer, but it's clearly on its way.

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