Templeton Rye whiskey is an perfect example of everything wrong in the whiskey industry.
This is a company that is purposely deceiving the public. It starts with the bullshit story they feed us about them making a recipe that dates back to the days of Prohibition. They make sure to include some rubbish about it being Al Capones personal favorite whiskey as well. They bragged about it being made in Iowa too...that was until they lost their class action lawsuit a few years ago.
The lawsuit forced their label to take off the "Prohibition recipe" and they needed to indicated that it's sourced whiskey distilled in Indiana.
To this day though, they didn't learn their lesson and they still use tricky wording that makes people believe they're making the product themselves. No transparency, only deception. Their PR manager should be ashamed of themselves for what they put out together.
Anyway, let's get back to the swill. Why did they get sued? Well for one, Templeton gets their whiskey sourced from MGP (in Indiana)....and the "prohibition era recipe"?...yea, that turned out to be a engineered flavoring additive created by the Claredon chemical company.
Yep, one of the issues in the whiskey industry right now is that Rye whiskey has a legal loophole that allows up to 2.5% flavor additives in the recipe!
That means we're not tasting a master distillers hard work, we're tasting a bio-engineered byproduct that is inside of a whiskey base. I can't consider this a whiskey, it's a flavored whiskey in my opinion.
Note: I only have this bottle because a buddy brought this to a whiskey meetup based on a local shop owners suggestion. Afterwards he gave me the bottle to review.
It just so happened to be the old label that inevitably got the company sued, so it still shows "Prohibition Era Recipe" under Templeton Rye.
Final thoughts - I will say this: I will never give a dollar to Templeton.
I highly advise boycotting this brand, they don't deserve our money when there are so many hard working, honest and transparent companies that have earned our respect.
If you want to watch our review anyway, it's attached below:
As a fan of scotch and other whiskeys I was tired of looking up reviews for new whiskeys that just oozed of snobbery. I wanted to create an outlet for average Joe's who don't have a sommelier palate. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, I moved to San Diego, California in 2010 with my wife. I'm also a fan of MMA, pro-wrestling, comic books, video games and strongman. All subjects are topic for discussion on the podcast.
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