Templeton Rye hales from a time when the dames wore short skirts and the mobsters were real.
Templeton Rye has a great back-story. WAY back in the dark days of Prohibition <shudder> a group of farmers in Carroll County, Iowa, hatched a plan. Meeting secretly in the little town of Templeton, they decided to become bootleggers to supplement their incomes to save their family farms. Thus, Templeton Rye Whiskey was born and quickly gained a reputation of being the rare bootleg beverage that was actually high quality. In fact, it is said that it was Al Capone’s favorite hooch, calling it “The Good Stuff.”
The end of Prohibition and an economic recovery put an end to Templeton Rye. But in 2001, Scott Bush and Meryl Kerkhoff form a partnership to bring “The Good Stuff” back to the market, producing Templeton Rye Whiskey once again. Just a decade later, Rye Whiskey popularity jumps and Templeton Rye gains national distribution.
And this little Iowa company that could still make only one thing… Templeton Rye Whisky. And this is a REAL Rye Whiskey my friend! Legally, you only need to have 51% Rye in the mash bill to call it “Rye.” But Templeton is up to 95% Rye. So you are not tasting a Rye-ish like object here, you are sipping on a real-deal. Knock at the back door and say the password: the speakeasy-loving bottle of Americana in a glass.
It is as close an approximation to the original Templeton Rye recipe as you can get while still being legal in the United States. So when Uncle Flaviar mixes up a Manhattan, this Midwest miracle is the only thing he’ll use. Get yourself a bottle now and raise a glass to prisoner #AZ-85 — Al Capone — and taste what it was like to be living on the edge when the dames wore short skirts and the mobsters were real.