Templeton Rye

"A very fragrant nose, disappointing palate and that washing powder note I find rather awkward"

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To bring you directly on the good track, Templeton does not distil this rye themselves. Like many other companies, the rye is sourced from MGP in Indiana, and like many other companies Templeton does make the impression that this is their spirit. In fact, Templeton is one of the few companies that has been sued about their misleading marketing campaign and was forced to pay refunds to some of its customers. They have now removed some statements about the pro-prohibition era recipe and other stuff from their bottle labels, although their website still rattles on about this history. On top of that it appeared they add undisclosed flavouring components to their rye, which bye the way is allowed for American whisky. Not that I read this after I tasted the whisky, so it did not affect my original opinion. On the plus side, they have begun to distill their own rye, which is currently ageing and is expected to be released in 2022. 

Nose

Very fragrant in the nose, like I have experienced with other young ryes. Mint lemonade, strawberry sweet and strawberry sauce (strawberry is also something I get often with young ryes), and lots of orange soda concentrate. There is a strong floral side, which is slightly awkward, since it scents a bit artificial, soap, no wait, washing powder. Yes, definitely like opening a package of washing powder. Not completely what you to expect from a rye, although young ryes can be very fragrant. Not much wood influence is present. A second time, it was much more subdued with gentle spices (caraway, cinnamon and aniseed), citrus fruits (light scent of lemon), spiced cake, and a light scent of (teak) wood. Despite washing powder, the nose really quite ok with its own character, but it is lacking some depth.

Taste

Less forward compared to the nose with again the slightly soapy feeling (again the washing powder, sorry I can’t help it). Or maybe more wash softener this time. A short aftertaste and the soapiness gets a bit tiring. It really feels too artificial.

Overall

I was content with the nose, even with the washing powder scents, which I never encountered in any whisky. The palate falls short and was disappointing. After I read the story behind this company, I was really wondering what was the additional ingredient they thought was necessary. I probably won’t guess. Anyway, I will wait until they release their own spirit, before tasting another mouthful of…

What others say

Whiskybase: 83.50 (8 votes) * @TheWhiskeyWash: 70/100 * @Distiller: 82/100 * @ScotchNoob: Not recommended * @TheWhiskeyReviewer: B-
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Scores

these are my personal views, so do not take them too seriously… nothing beats tasting these for yourself •

Cask influence
25%
Sweet <-> Spicy
60%
Nose 84%
Taste 72%
Balance 80%
Depth 76%
Finish 72%
Score