Aromas that are dry, grassy, and of a Christmas spice. Hints of caramel, butterscotch, toffee and allspice. Deep amber color, lingering and slightly chewy. Wonderful balance, clean and silk smooth finish.
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.
Over the course of its storied history, Templeton Rye became AlCapone’s whiskey of choice, quickly finding its way to the center of his bootlegging empire. Hundreds of kegs per month were supplied to Capone’s gang who in turn filled the demand of speakeasies throughout Chicago, New York and as far west as San Francisco.
Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Tasting 2010
Gold - San Francisco World Spirits Tasting 2009
Rye Whiskey of the Year - Whiskey Bible, Jim Murray, 2009
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