Templeton 10 Year Old Reserve Rye Whiskey

The oldest whiskey in Templeton's range spends a decade in charred new American oak. The rye is bottled at 104 proof from a single, hand-selected barrel.
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When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, a few enterprising residents of Iowa chose to become outlaws rather than teetotalers. Alphonse Kerkhoff, a farmer by trade, began cooking batches of rye whiskey near his home in Templeton to supplement his income. "The Good Stuff," as Kerkhoff's rye was known, was so popular that he began tying a white horse named Babe to a pole in his front yard as a signal to residents that another batch of Templeton Rye was ready.

Shortly thereafter, Kerkhoff partnered with notorious bootlegger Al Capone to distribute his rye across the country. Capone bootlegged hundreds of barrels of Templeton Rye to speakeasies in New York, Chicago and as far west as San Francisco — legend has it that he even had a case smuggled into his jail cell at Alcatraz. Following Prohibition, Kerkhoff continued to cook Templeton Rye for his friends and family, before eventually passing the recipe on to his son, Meryl. Today, nearly a century after it was first distilled, Templeton Rye pays homage to that recipe by Keith Kerkhoff, Alfonse's grandson.

Templeton Rye is made in Indiana from a variety of winter and spring rye grains that possess specific organoleptic qualities. The rye (which comprises over 90% of the mash bill, with the remainder being malted barley) is fermented for 72-84 hours using a yeast culture that was developed specifically for whiskey production. After fermentation, the mash is double-distilled and then aged in charred, American white oak casks (sourced from a Missouri cooperage). The whiskey is bottled in Templeton, Iowa, where Iowa's hot summers, cold winters and wet springs (monthly average temperatures range from a high of 86.2° F to a low of 6.3° F) result in more contact between the whiskey and the oak prior to bottling, helping the whiskey mature faster and giving it more complexity and flavor.

The Templeton 10 Year Old is their crown jewel, a single-barrel rye whiskey expression that has spent a decade in charred new American oak. Each barrel is selected by hand before being bottled at 104 proof, making the production super-limited.

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Proof 104 (52% ABV)
Distiller/Bottler Name Templeton Rye Spirits
Size 750mL
The rich nose leads with chocolate, vanilla, toasted oak, orchard fruit, and apricot nose. The palate has oak, honey, floral notes, and plenty of that rye spice, finishing silky-smooth and creamy with lingering butterscotch and caramel notes.
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