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Templeton Rye Small Batch

From Their site ( ):

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, or “The Good Stuff” to those in the know. Based on the original Prohibition era recipe and aged in charred new oak barrels, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway.

Now from me: So i did a bit of research and to my dismay I found that like some other distilleries they do not actually make their own whiskey or rye, it is actually made by a company called LDI. So it seems that their flavorful back story is actually more of a marketing creation than a reality. If you have more of an interest in learning more, rather than just copy and paste someones leg work you can check it out here.

Tasting notes;

  • Nose: sweet, not really an ethanol scent, a little vanilla very light nose
  • Palette: A bit of mint, cinnamon (maybe) very light taste
  • Finish: VERY VERY smooth, if anything too smooth. It lacks a fulfilling finish

Final words: I would say this is more of a rye for those that either do not like ryes or are just breaking into them and are not used to that little oomph they provide. This lacks the nice pepper notes that i really like in my rye or at least I couldn’t taste it. I think they should offer this in a higher proof and maybe it would have a nicer body and finish. This bottle costs about $50.00 and for that price there are way better ryes out there for half the price. It does offer a nice conversation piece at a party with it being associated with Al Capone. As for me though I will be reaching for the better stuff not the “good stuff”.

Dickel Rye

If you have read some of my other reviews, you can pick up that I really like the product line from George Dickel. You may also note that I am a huge fan of ryes, be it straight, or in a cocktail. So you must expect that when George Dickel Rye became available in Michigan, I found myself pretty excited.

  • Nose:  spicy, cinnamon, a bit of mint and oak scents.
  • Body: Not super sweet, pretty well balanced.
  • Palette: A good amount of rye but a little too oaky
  • Finish: A little rough but a nice aftertaste.

I wouldn’t recommend this spirit if your having a few guests over that love bourbon. This would be a nice mixer in a coke but as far as drinking straight, I personally would reach for something else.

Eagle Rare

I bought this gem on the advice of Good Time Party Store. They bought a barrel of it and this is a bottle from that barrel.


Eagle Rare’s 10-year offering has performed well at international spirit ratings competitions. It received a string of gold and double gold medals from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition between 2005 and 2010, and was given an above-average score of 92 by the Beverage Testing Institute.

Here are the Tasting notes from Eagles site (
Nose: Complex aromas of toffee, hints of orange peel, herbs, honey, leather and oak
Taste: Bold, dry, oaky flavors with notes of candied almonds and very rich cocoa
Finish: Dry and lingering

Here are my tasting notes:

Nose: Vanilla and Caramel. Strong alcohol

Body: Slightly sweet, slightly oil texture, light caramel/maple taste and slightly spicy. It has a little more of the alcohol burn so I recommended a splash of water to bring it down a bit.

Finish: Medium finish, it does not leave anything amazing behind and the burn is a little much like I said for the body I think a splash of water would be good for it.

Overall: I think that for the cost this is an OK spirit. I think that there are plenty of other bourbon whiskeys out there that will satisfy your palate more than this one.

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Wild Turkey Rye

This is our first tasting to kick off the New Year. I used this rye to make Old Fashioned cocktails for my guests, and they were a big hit!

Straight rye whiskey was America’s First distilled spirit. With toffee and peppery notes, it’s less sweet than a bourbon, but with some similar tones like caramel and vanilla. “Rye” uses the same distilling methods as bourbon, but it differs in its mash bill. While straight bourbon must have at least 51% corn in it’s mash bill, rye whiskey contains at least 51% rye, resulting in a dryer, spicier product. Like bourbon, the remainder of the mash is made from a variety of grains. These days, only small quantities of straight rye are made, but there are signs of renewed customer interest. At 81 proof, this bottling from Wild Turkey has balanced aroma and palate, and would be perfect for mixing in cocktails.

Wild Turkey Rye is the recipient of a Silver Medal at the 2007 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Price: Low $20’s

Color: Light Amber just a little more golden them most lagers are.

Nose: Has a great sweet scent of caramel with hints of spice and vanilla. There was a bit of alcohol that followed but not too over powering.

Palate:  Similar to the nose. There was a tiny bite from the alcohol and spice. The taste of the rye, caramel, and vanilla are present the whole time. It was more on the dryer side of things.

Finish: lasting and warm, mildly spicy.

I really enjoyed this but would rather see it mixed into my cocktail then to seek it out neat. I prefer something a little smoother from my liquor when selecting a spirit to drink neat. That being said, I think this would make a great addition to any well rounded liquor cabinet.


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Temptation Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Temptation straight bourbon whiskey is brought to us by Bardstown Distillery. Distilled from a mash of 75% corn, 20%rye and 5% barley. It is bottled at 82 proof or 41% alcohol by volume. What I found was a little surprising, there was very little heat on this product. Normally I drink my whiskey and bourbon with a splash of water but with this one it was and will be straight over a few whiskey stones. The bottling is similar to their redemption rye it has a batch and a bottle number on it ours was batch 2 bottle 1788. Cracking it open was easy just a shrink wrapped plastic seal and a plastic cap and it was ready to pour. I poured this whiskey for myself and a couple friends and it was unanimous decision, it was delicious. I poured it over two of our 1.25” whiskey stones swirled it for a few seconds and then we took our first sip. This is what I tasted:


  • Nose: Sweet,  a little spice. A bit more of a ethanol then you would expect from the taste.
  • Body: A little sweet maybe a bit of a caramel flavor.
  • Palette: Smooth as silk, creamy caramel, light anise.
  • Finish: Very smooth,  goes down gentle with a light pepper and spice taste.

Final Notes: For the price this whiskey is king, I bought this bottle on a whim for a very cool $22.97. This 82 proof spirit is super smooth and rolls down the throat with almost no burn without any splash of water. The golden/amber color looks great in the glass. We sat for almost an hour talking about our disappointment in the tigers and sipping on Temptation. I think this is a perfect addition for anyone that loves whiskey bourbon.


  • smooth bourbon
  • Taste was potent but not overwhelming
  • Enjoyed the bourbon as is
  • Would fit good with a stout or for people who drink stouts
  • Would enjoy Temptation with a seafood entrée

Post a comment if you have a question or have ever tried it.

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Henry McKenna Bourbon

I just finished tasting Henry McKenna 10 yr bourbon out of Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, KY. This is sold as a straight bourbon, and is available in 16 oz, 750ml and 1 liter glass bottles or 1.75L plastic bottles.

Color: Caramel
Nose: Woody notes can smell the ethanol
Body : Warm, tingles the lips a bit.
Palate: Caramel notes, slightly sweet
Finish: Light burn that fades quickly

Comments: I loved it! I It was very smooth and after I splashed just a tiny bit of water in it the heat on it was perfect. It will make a great fall and winter drink.