The small „Templeton", in Iowa, USA, has almost 370 inhabitants, but is famous worldwide for a rye whiskey of the same name. Made with a “mash bill", a mixture of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, it began its triumphal march around the world from Templeton during the American Prohibition: it was considered “the smuggler whiskey" was transported on secret routes to Chicago and Kansas City and was Al Capone's favourite whiskey. According to legend, he even managed to have Templeton Rye Whiskey smuggled into his cell on Alcatraz. In the meantime, Templeton Rye has fallen into oblivion since 2006 as a “legal" whiskey on the worldwide market. The recipe has remained as close as possible to the original: “the spirit lives on". Templeton Rye Whiskey matures in strongly flamed American oak barrels, at least 4 years for the „aged 4 years" whiskey with 40% vol. and at least 6 years for the slightly more powerful aged 6 years whiskey with 45. 75% vol.
Both have in common the wonderful amber colour, the aroma of honey and wood, the taste of rye, fruit and dark chocolate and a very long finish which tends to get drier and drier. For a good reason Templeton Rye Whiskey is called „the good stuff" in America and by everyone who knows it.