When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye.
After many years, Templeton Rye is once again being produced by using the original Kerkhoff family recipe. While legally rye whiskey’s grain bill needs to contain only 51% rye, Templeton uses a mash bill of around 90% rye and 10% malted barley. The whiskey is fermented with a proprietary yeast strain, is double distilled, and is aged in new American white oak 53 gallon barrels for at least 4 years.
Templeton Rye pours a deep yellow-orange in color which belies its age. Its aromas start with the spice of the rye, along with some dried grass and brown sugar flavors. The taste is full of caramel, toffee, and allspice with a peppery finish that lingers on the tongue. There is really no alcohol burn to speak of, which makes this a great whiskey to sip neat.
If you are looking for a good whiskey to mix up those classic cocktails, a rye is what you want, and this particular one fits the bill perfectly. Currently Templeton Rye has very limited distribution, but hopefully that will be expanded soon. If you find a bottle, grab it. You will be glad you did. Cheers!