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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. Alphonse Kerkhoff was one of those Templeton outlaws.

Templeton Rye is based on the original Prohibition era Kerkhoff family recipe. Distilled from a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, it is aged in new flame-charred American Oak barrels for a smooth finish … and a clean getaway.

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Tasting Notes

Our flagship mark is aged 4 years in charred new oak barrels creating a great rye character and wonderfully smooth finish that is ideal for mixing in whiskey cocktails or enjoying neat.

NOSE: Dry, grassy, and natural spice
PALATE: Hint of caramel, butterscotch, toffee and allspice, lingering, slightly chewy
FINISH: Wonderful balance, clean and silky smooth

Serving Suggestions

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Seagram's Vodka Old Fashioned Cocktail

Traditional Old Fashioned

INGREDIENTS
2 parts Templeton Rye
1 tsp. Demerara syrup*
2 dashes Aromatic bitters

METHOD
Fill a mixing glass with ice, add two hard dashes of aromatic bitters, spoonful of Demerara syrup, and Templeton Rye whiskey. Stir ingredients until chilled and diluted. Strain into an old fashioned glass with fresh ice. Garnish with expressed orange peel & cherry.

*Demerara syrup = equal parts hot water & sugar in the raw

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Templeton Manhattan

Accolades

GOLD MEDAL

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020

GOLD MEDAL

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019

Seagram's Vodka SFWSC 2016 Gold Medal

GOLD MEDAL

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2016

Gold Medal Los Angeles International Spirits Competition 2015

GOLD MEDAL

Los Angeles International Spirits Competition 2015

Tasting Notes

The Good Stuff gets even better with age! With a higher proof and longer time in the barrel, Templeton Rye 6 Year has more complex rye notes for the true enthusiast.

NOSE: Butterscotch, vanilla, spice, cherry, green apple
PALATE: Fruit, toasted oak, mellow, smooth with vibrant mouth, bold oak with burnt sugar sweetness
FINISH: Long lingering spice

Serving Suggestions

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Seagram's Vodka Boulevardier

Boulevardier

INGREDIENTS
1 ½ oz. Templeton Rye Aged 6 Years
1 oz. Antica Formula Sweet Vermouth
¾ oz. Campari
Orange peel, oils expressed

METHOD
Add all the ingredients (except orange peel) in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir and strain into a cocktail glass filled with ice. Garnish with an orange peel.

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Iowa Buck

Accolades

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020

GOLD MEDAL

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2019

92 POINTS

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2019

Tasting Notes

Each year, a limited number of our finest barrels are selected from the aging stocks of straight rye whiskey in Templeton, Iowa. These barrels are then carefully vatted together, creating a barrel strength whiskey that showcases the Templeton Rye expression in its purest form. Each barrel chosen has a 95% rye and 5% malted barley mash bill, and will vary in age and taste profile to deliver a unique and special annual release. Naturally non-chill filtered and bottled at 56.55% ABV, our 2020 Barrel Strength delivers aromas of ripe apples and oak with delicate hints of spiced orange and dried apricot.

Serving Suggestions

Templeton Rye 2020 Barrel Strength is best recommended to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks to savor the full aged whiskey flavor.

Accolades

DOUBLE GOLD

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020

Tasting Notes

This special 2019 release of our limited barrel strength edition is beautifully influenced by flame-charred American oak barrels. Non-chill filtered and bottled at 57.9% ABV, this exquisite whiskey delivers aromas of dark fruit and toasted almonds. Rich, peppery notes dovetail marvelously, fading into sweet floral tones and classic rye pepper that deepens into a long, spicy finish. Templeton Rye Barrel Strength is both complex and intriguing; it represents the expression in its purest form. This exquisite whiskey is a fitting tribute and salute to the town of Templeton - a small town with a strong spirit.

Serving Suggestions

Templeton Rye 2019 Barrel Strength is best recommended to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks to savor the full aged whiskey flavor.

Accolades

91 Points

WhiskeyCast 2019

Tasting Notes

This special addition to the Templeton family is a 2018 barrel strength edition matured and aged to perfection in flame charred American oak barrels.Natural, non-chill filtered and bottled at 57.2% ABV, this limited release is bursting with rye spice and black pepper giving way to summer fruits, butterscotch and oak. Templeton Rye Barrel Strength 2018 is both complex and intriguing and represents the expression in its purest form. Each year we carefully choose the specific casks used for our limited release barrel strength edition. This exquisite whiskey is a fitting tribute and salute to the town of Templeton - a small town with a strong spirit.

Serving Suggestions

Templeton Rye 2018 Barrel Strength is best recommended to be enjoyed neat or on the rocks to savor the full aged whiskey flavor.

Accolades

90 POINTS

Whiskey Advocate 2019

Tasting Notes

In the first of our innovative “Barrel Finish Series,” we are excited to introduce our Maple Cask Finish. We were delighted to collaborate with Wood’s Vermont Syrup Company on this project. Wood’s is a family run company who have been making Maple Syrup for the past 125 years. First, Wood’s produced and shipped fresh Maple Syrup from Randolph, VT to the Templeton Whiskey Distillery in Templeton, IA. From there, this quality Maple Syrup was heated up and filled into 80 ex-Templeton Rye barrels and left to sit for a period of 2 months. Our team turned each barrel daily to ensure that the Maple Syrup efficiently influenced the wood over time.

After that resting period and once the Maple Syrup was completely emptied from the barrels, they were then filled with Templeton Straight Rye Whiskey to mature and age for an additional 2 month period. Over this time, the sweet Maple Syrup notes that have soaked into the wood staves influenced the spicier tones of the Rye Whiskey, resulting in new, elegant notes of dark chocolate complimented by the additional time in Maple Syrup barrels. Once the secondary maturation was complete, the barrels were emptied and this exceptional whiskey was bottled at ABV 46% / 92 proof, delivering an authentic Maple Cask Finish Rye Whiskey. This limited release is an exciting and innovative addition to the Templeton whiskey portfolio.

NOSE: Red cherry, oak, pepper, maple
PALATE: Rye spice, creamy oak, dark chocolate, luxurious
FINISH: Long, orange peel, rich spice, American oak

Serving Suggestions

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Cinnamon Maple Cask Whiskey Sour

INGREDIENTS
1.5 oz. Maple Cask Finish Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
2-4 tsp. Maple Syrup
Pinch of Ground Cinnamon

METHOD
Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar about 2/3 full with ice. Pour in the Maple Cask Finish, lemon juice, maple syrup and cinnamon. Fasten the lid and shake well. Add fresh ice into your cocktail glass and strain the cold whiskey sour mixture into the glass. Enjoy!