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Templeton Rye

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  • Raided Score: 50
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: The prohibition roots of this whiskey? A lie. The flavor and aroma of their whiskey? A lie. Me ever trusting them, even if they make massive changes to what they do and how they produce their product? Not f****** likely.
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  • Raided Score: 79
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Spicy fresh mint, cinnamon, white pepper, and subtle clove are tamed by sweet notes of toasted marshmallow, cotton candy, creamy vanilla, candied fruit, and red licorice. Soft finish. Rather gentle for a rye whiskey.
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  • Raided Score: 70
  • Publication: The Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: Templeton loses a number of points. It may have begun during Prohibition, but the current whiskey will have to do a lot of work to repair relations with its consumers.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Big flavors of tobacco, oak, and leather lead to a lingering, tannic, alcoholic and slightly bitter finish. Cocktail purists will love the label showing old-time gentlemen in hats tippling at the bar.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: A light middle of the tongue burn gives way to caramel notes, Red Hots and a touch of brown sugar. Quick to moderate finish keeps with the nose and brings back the nice taste of wood.
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  • Raided Score: 96
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Extremely easygoing, there’s virtually no heat on the finish at all, which is probably why I’m well into glass #3. A bit of dark chocolate plays on the finish, too.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Thin, sweet, syrupy rye. Barely alcoholic. It's light and there's not a whole lot here.
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  • Intro:

    This is a product of controversy and rule breaking. It is sourced from MGP, then flavored in Iowa but sold as a straight rye. Perhaps that's why there was a class action lawsuit about it.

  • Nose:

    Rye brown sugar syrup brown sugar

  • Taste:

    Thin, sweet, syrupy rye. Barely alcoholic. Its light and there's not a whole lot here.

  • Finish:

    Short, not too hot but very sweet for a rye. Missing that major rye spice I prefer to enjoy like a SAOS rye or even any of the HW offerings.

  • Overall:

    Yeah, it's not good. I can't taste the deception and lies accompanied by marketing bullshit but what I do know is that regardless of all of that, this is a simple choice to pass over in the store. For the price and proof there are other ryes and while it doesn't have that dill kick or minty HW set of notes, it's not bad...it's just sweet and boooooring. It did its job in the airport, making the layovers and accompanying flight bearable, but I don't see it serving well for much more than that.

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