Maker Of Templeton Rye Launches A 10 Year Old Rye

Templeton Distillery recently announced the launch of the Templeton Distillery Entrepreneur’s Grant program, which will award three small businesses $10,000 each, timed alongside the debut of Templeton’s new 10 Year Reserve Rye Whiskey.

Winners of the Templeton Distillery Entrepreneur’s Grant program will be selected by a panel of a few Iowa greats including Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Legends Of Tomorrow), Hill Harper (The Good Doctor), Templeton Distillery’s co-founder Keith Kerkhoff, as well as the founders of local Iowa-based businesses, Christina Moffatt (Crème Cupcake + Dessert) and Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson (BLK & Bold Specialty Beverage). The period to apply is running from May 10 through July 11, 2021, with winners announced in August.

The Templeton Rye 10 Year Reserve, meanwhile, is bottled from a hand-selected single barrel and aged a full decade in charred new American oak barrels, resulting in flavor notes of smooth, dark oak with honeyed floral notes and the distillery’s signature rye spice, according to official tasting notes.

Templeton Rye 10 Year Reserve

Templeton Rye 10 Year Reserve (image via Templeton)

“Ignited by the spark of a simple idea, early producers in the small town of Templeton, Iowa began crafting what was commonly known as ‘Templeton Rye’ at the turn of the 20th century,” Templeton Distillery Co-founder Keith Kerkhoff said in a prepared statement. “Now looking to the future as Templeton Distillery, we could not think of a better way to honor this heritage than by supporting small businesses with a little help from some Iowa greats. Also, we are thrilled to introduce an even more premium offering for the fans of Templeton to enjoy when they want to sip something a bit more special.”

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All US-based businesses are invited to apply for the Templeton Distillery Entrepreneur’s Grant, excluding those that sell alcohol or are owned by anyone under the age of 21. To enter, businesses will submit 250 words about why they should be considered. Entries will be judged on originality (40%), contributions to the local community (40%) and business viability (20%).

The 10 Year Old Reserve Rye is available for a suggested retail price of $85 for a 750ml bottle. Its launch comes in a new, refreshed bottle look, which will also become the look for the Templeton 4 and 6 year old ryes.