Templeton Rye Brings Back Its Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey For 2019 - The Whiskey Wash

Templeton Rye Brings Back Its Barrel Strength Rye Whiskey For 2019

By Nino Marchetti / June 17, 2019

Iowa’s Templeton Rye whiskey brand late last year debuted a cask strength version of its sourced rye whiskey. The whiskey apparently did quite well both at retail and also in garnering high praise among some reviewers, so much so it looks now to have made a return for 2019 at a slightly higher proof.

The new 2019 Templeton Rye Barrel Strength Straight Rye Whiskey, according to those behind it, is bottled at 115.8 proof (last year it was 114.4 proof). This expression, taken from whiskey sourced from Indiana (MGP) that has a mash bill of 95% rye and 5% malted barley, is drawn from a select number of barrels deemed noteworthy by the distillery team. These barrels vary in ages and maturity, being ultimately married or vatted together before finally being bottled.

2019 Templeton Rye Barrel Strength Straight Rye Whiskey

2019 Templeton Rye Barrel Strength Straight Rye Whiskey (image via Templeton Rye)

“We were inspired by the wonderful reception that the 2018 Barrel Strength release received and are excited to share this new bottling with our fans that we feel is both complex and intriguing,” said Tim Grimes, Brand Ambassador of Templeton Rye, in a prepared statement. “Our Barrel Strength line represents our beloved whiskey in its purest form while allowing us to salute the hometown of Templeton and our residents’ strong spirit.”

As it stands now plans call for making this rye whiskey available in limited numbers around the United States and certain overseas markets for a price point of around $60 per 750 ml bottle. Limited official tasting notes for it suggest “aromas of dark fruit and toasted almonds” and “rich, peppery notes that dovetail marvelously, fading into sweet floral tones and classic rye pepper that deepens into a long, spicy finish.” It is said to be best enjoyed neat or on the rocks.