Bottled in Iowa, Templeton Rye, or "The Good Stuff" is a Pre-Prohibition Era recipe. As the story goes, this was Al Capone's whiskey of choice and it quickly found it's way to the center of the bootlegging empire.
"...Uncle Al's favorite whiskey was the good stuff from Iowa...legends suggest that a few bottles even found their way inside the walls of Alcatraz to the cell of prisoner AZ-85."
With that being said, this uses the Midwestern Grain Products (MGP) recipe, so we are talking 95% rye in the mash bill. It is bottled at 80 proof and there is no age statement on the label, therefore we can assume it is a very young whiskey.
Color: Bright honey
Nose: A subtle nose with a very heavy rye push with hints of evergreen. Baked apple, pie crust, vanilla, honey, white grapes.
Taste: A very light mouthfeel. A sleek rye spice, evergreen, standard MGP style herbal notes, vanilla wafers and white pepper.
Finish: Rye spice, evergreen and subtle pepper vanish for a quick finish.
Conclusion: The rye spice is masking a lot of the sweeter flavors that you would expect (...hope?) to pop in a young rye whisky. At $40 a bottle, the price tag is a bit steep. The 80 proof makes for a very drinkable pour but really drops my rating. I've said it before and I will say it again, I would love to see this at a higher proof.
My Rating: C (Decent)