Templeton Rye is rolling out a special-edition Barrel Strength Straight Rye Whiskey for the third year running.
The limited release of the small-town Iowa distillery has already received some major acclamation, having won the Double Gold Medal at the prestigious 2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Distillery manager Lester Brown devised the blend, which was crafted using an Indiana-sourced mashbill comprised of 95 percent rye and 5 percent malted barley. After aging in hand-selected American wood casks, the non-chill filtered brown elixir is bottled at as is at 113-proof, or 56.55 percent alcohol-by-volume.
Official tasting notes describe aromas of ripe apple, flavors of warm cinnamon, orange and raisin-infused toffee, and a robust, rye-heavy finish.
“Our Barrel Strength line represents the purest form of our beloved whiskey,” Templeton exec Tim Grimes said of the whiskey, “a salute to our hometown of Templeton, Iowa small town with a strong spirit.”