Templeton Rye’s Latest Gets A Caribbean Rum Cask Twist

By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / September 29, 2020

The Templeton Rye whiskey brand has headed to the Caribbean for its latest expression, part of their Barrel Finish Series. Known as the Templeton Rye Caribbean Rum Cask Finish, it is an interesting new direction the distilling team for Templeton seems to be taking things.

The new Templeton Rye Caribbean Rum Cask Finish, according to those behind it, takes this American straight rye whiskey that’s been aged for five years in select American oak barrels and finishes it for an additional six months in ex-dark rum casks from Jamaica. It is said this extra time in this first fill casks “accentuates the rye spice while adding subtle, exotic flavors and tropical fruit tones.”

Templeton Rye Caribbean Rum Cask Finish

Templeton Rye Caribbean Rum Cask Finish (image via Templeton Rye)

“We are thrilled to be launching the second limited-edition expression in our Barrel Finish Series following the success of our Maple Cask Finish release last fall,” said Tim Grimes, Senior Brand Ambassador of Templeton Rye, in a prepared statement. “Quality was key as we wanted to ensure that our secondary maturation would impart the rum characteristics and flavors that we envisioned in the whiskey.

“We are delighted with the result and look forward to sharing with our fans.”

This particular expression is non chill filtered and bottled at 46% ABV. It prices somewhere near $50 per 750 ml bottle and is available in limited quantities in both the USA and select international markets including the EU.

Official tasting notes for it are as follows. It is said to be best enjoyed “neat or on the rocks, and adds a perfect twist to your classic rye cocktails.”

  • Nose:          Ripe bananas, pineapples, aromatic spices and sweet oak
  • Palate:        Creamy, rich oak, orange zest, black pepper and dark chocolate
  • Finish:        Sweet golden raisins and banana bread, fruit and wood

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