New to Lukas Wine & Spirit’s, Templeton Rye Whiskey (40% ABV)!
The Story of Templeton Rye Whiskey
“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.
Based on its extremely smooth finish, the American rye whiskey earned the nickname of “The Good Stuff” and quickly brought a certain degree of fame to the doorsteps of Templeton (pop. 350). As the premium brand of the era, Templeton Rye fetched an impressive $5.50 per gallon – or approximately $70 by today’s standards.
Although most American whiskeys ceased production after prohibition ended, Templeton Rye continued to be produced illegally in small quantities for loyal patrons. More than eighty-five years later, the infamous small batch rye whiskey finally returned – made available legally for the first time ever in 2006.” – per the Templeton Rye Whiskey website
Click here http://templetonrye.com/wp-content/themes/Templeton-Rye/docs/Website-FactSheet-Download.pdf to read the intricately detailed process that covers Grain Selection/Mashing, Fermentation, Distillation, Aging and Single Barrel VS. Small Batch!
2010: Earned a second consecutive gold medal at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Tasting – where more than 1,000 spirits from 58 countries were judged by 30 renowned industry experts.
2009: Earned a gold medal at the 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Tasting. More than 800 spirits from 60 countries entered the competition, which was judged by 25 renowned industry experts.
Named “Rye Whiskey of the Year” in the 2009 Whiskey Bible by Jim Murray, one of the most well-known tasters in the industry.
2008: Won four top awards at the prestigious Los Angeles Wine and Spirits Competition, which has been held for nearly seven decades. Honors include:
“Best of American Straight Rye Whiskey”
“Best of Whiskey”
“Overall Packaging Design”
Gold Medal, American Straight Rye Whiskey category
Of the more than 4,000 entries in the competition, Templeton Rye was named “Best Overall Whiskey” and received more awards than any other whiskey.” – per the Templeton Rye Whiskey website
For years we have been hearing about this rare rye whiskey from our neighbor above and it had developed such a cult following for rye whiskey connoisseurs. To the extent that people were going through to acquire a bottle, you’d think that it was part of the Pappy Van Winkle Collection. Well last Christmas I was given a bottle of the Templeton Rye Whiskey as a thank you and I have to say it is an amazingly beautiful rye whiskey. For the past few years I have been collecting different rye whiskeys and Templeton is easily the smoothest rye I have ever come across. The balancing act with the aroma, flavor and finish is executed perfectly by Templeton Rye. While I enjoy this amazing rye whiskey neat or with a few droplets of water, I admit it makes one phenomenal Manhattan with some whiskey barrel-aged bitters.
If you are a rye whiskey connoisseur like me or looking into trying rye whiskeys, I highly recommend that you invest in a bottle of Templeton Rye and I guarantee your palate will thank you.
Want to learn more about Iowa’s own Templeton Rye Whiskey? Click here at www.templetonrye.com follow them on Twitter @TempletonRye
-Adam M England
Lukas Spirits Manager