The town of Templeton, Iowa, is set to make its mark on the whiskey map, as Templeton Distillery prepares to launch its first-ever homemade bourbon. Named Templeton Straight Bourbon, this new spirit is a celebration of the local community and is scheduled for release in May 2024.
Crafted from a mashbill containing 55% corn, 40% rye, and 5% malted barley, the bourbon is aged in new American oak barrels with a level 4 char. The distillation process involves column and copper stills, using a yeast strain known as Fermentis Safspirit.
In an effort to keep things local, the corn used in the bourbon is sourced from within a 15-mile radius of the distillery. This move towards localization is significant for Templeton, which is typically recognized for its rye whiskey.
In recent years, Templeton has faced criticism for allegedly misleading consumers about the origins of its whiskey. However, the forthcoming release of Templeton Straight Bourbon signals a shift in the company’s approach, as it seeks to focus more on local production.
Stay tuned to witness how Templeton’s latest offering will fare in the whiskey world. Will it be a game-changer for the brand? Only time will tell.