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Templeton Adds Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey For 2022

Templeton, known for its rye whiskeys, recently debuted the 2022 version of their Barrel Strength variant.

The new Templeton Barrel Strength 2022 expression, according to those behind it, has been bottled at 57.3% ABV. Previous expressions from the Templeton Rye Barrel Strength Series include a 2018, 2019 and 2020 expression, with each year’s release being drawn from what’s described as “a a select number of noteworthy barrels, which vary in ages and maturity.”

“Our Barrel Strength series is dedicated to producing innovative offerings with compelling taste profiles and our Barrel Strength 2022 iteration is our most exciting release yet,” said Blair Woodall, Senior Vice President of Templeton Distillery, in a prepared statement. “We’re delighted to share this new Barrel Strength 2022 expression with the world of our fans who seek a quality rye.”

Templeton Rye Barrel Strength 2022
Templeton, known for its rye whiskeys, recently debuted the 2022 version of their Barrel Strength variant. (image via Templeton)

With a 95% rye / 5% malted barley mash bill, it’s aged in new American oak barrels and is non-chill-filtered. Templeton Barrel Strength 2022, pricing around $60 per 750 ml bottle, is available in limited quantities in both the USA and select international markets including the EU.

Best enjoyed neat or on the rocks, you’ll find official tasting notes for this whiskey below.

  • Aroma: Intense aromatics, succulent exotic fruit and honey with decadent aromas of toasted oak
  • Palate: Rich and fully rounded with sweet notes of sugar-dusted raisins, subtle dark chocolate, complimented spectacularly by black pepper spiciness
  • Finish: Long and lingering with a warming balance of wood spice and dried summer fruits that slowly fades to delicate notes of spiced ginger and oak

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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