Review #137 | /r/Bourbon Review #74 – Templeton Rye
The Schtick: This is a product of controversy and rule breaking. It is sourced from MGP, then flavored in Iowa but sold as a straight bourbon. Perhaps that’s why there was a class action lawsuit about it.
Distiller: MGP/LDI (Indiana)
Bottler: Templeton (Iowa)
ABV: 40% ABV
Source: Airport Bar Pour
Nose: Rye brown sugar syrup brown sugar
Taste: Thin, sweet, syrupy rye. Barely alcoholic. It’s light and there’s not a whole lot here.
Finish: Short, not too hot but very sweet for a rye. Missing that major rye spice I prefer to enjoy like a SAOS rye or even any of the HW offerings.
Overall: Yeah, it’s not good. I can’t taste the deception and lies accompanied by marketing bullshit but what I do know is that regardless of all of that, this is a simple choice to pass over in the store. For the price and proof there are other ryes and while it doesn’t have that dill kick or minty HW set of notes, it’s not bad…it’s just sweet and boooooring. It did its job in the airport, making the layovers and accompanying flight bearable, but I don’t see it serving well for much more than that.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Perfect | Perfect