Price Point: $35 – $45 for 750 ML
Sometimes a good whiskey is one that stands out from the rest of the pack and shows some honesty. Many rye whiskeys are very similar to bourbons, and really do not differentiate themselves as such aside from the label. In walks Templeton Rye, a mysterious whiskey out of Iowa that tastes like, well, rye! As in rye bread. Don’t knock it ’til you try it!
Templeton Rye starts out very sweet and syrupy smelling. There’s a nutmeg influence, followed by a heavy rye presence and anise seed (pizzele) aroma. This is a bigger nose than expected for a 40% whiskey.
This is like drinking liquid rye bread – you can almost taste the seeds. Templeton Rye isn’t as a sweet in the taste as in the nose. It does, however, carry an odd orange taste. It’s hotter than the average 80 proofer (which is a good thing for people like me). This is not a drink for the whiskey novice.
This has a really pleasant finish with lots of spices. Much sweeter on the finish than in the mouth.
Rating & Recommendations
This is a welcome change among a sea of similar ryes, earning an 86 out of 100.
Templeton Rye is a whiskey to enjoy nosing and a really good value. I would buy again.