Established in 2008, KOVAL produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits in Chicago's first distillery since prohibition. Founders Robert and Sonat Birnecker, chose to leave their academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert's Austrian family to America. When Tim called and talked with Distiller Mark DeSimone to bounce the idea of crafting a KOVAL whiskey barrel aged maple syrup, Mark said he loved the idea and will run it by Robert. Tim received a callback within 5 minutes from Mark saying…."Let's do this….how many barrels would you like?".