This April, UK distributor Emporia Brands have put together a calendar of launch events involving its new award-winning KOVAL Distillery range.
Master Distiller Robert Birnecker will be touring four cities as he brings together the KOVAL range, which includes the American whiskey expressions of Millet, Rye and Bourbon, as well as their dry gin.
Founded in 2008 by Robert and Sonat Birnecker, KOVAL produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits in Chicago’s first distillery since the mid-1800s. After choosing to leave their academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert’s Austrian family to America, they vowed to make organic spirits from scratch (avoiding the common industry practice of purchasing and bottling pre-made spirits) and to change the way people understand whiskey by creating a new, signature style – using only the “heart” cut of the distillate – affording a brighter, cleaner take on whiskey.
Robert will be visiting the UK from the 18th April, hosting a masterclass at MASH Steakhouse in London from 4-6pm, before heading to Edinburgh on the 19th April to visit Bramble Bar for his second masterclass launch, one that will be co-hosted with Royal Mile Whiskies. A consumer dinner is also planned at The Hanging Bat, involving a three-course meal matched with KOVAL cocktails.
The 20th April see’s Glasgow and The Finnieston welcome Robert, in conjunction with Glasgow Bartender’s Club, for his third masterclass launch before heading to Manchester on the 21st April for his final class at Cottonopolis. To round-off his visit, Robert will be at Harvey Nichols in London on the 22nd April as we launch into the luxury retail outlet.
In the meantime, to whet your appetite just that little bit more, why don’t you experience the ‘Whiskeys Will’, created at the Citizen Pub in Boston.
50 ml KOVAL Bourbon
15 ml Gabriel Boudier Elderflower
15 ml Gabriel Boudier Maraschino
15 ml Lemon juice
Method: Shake, then strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon peel.