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Templeton Rye Small Batch

From Their site (http://www.templetonrye.com/home/ ):

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.