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Jan 8

Booze of the Week

Posted by ArmedGeek on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 in BOOZE!!, BOTW


When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye, or “The Good Stuff” to those in the know. Based on the original Prohibition era recipe and aged in charred new oak barrels, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway.

I’ll start by saying I’m not a fan of rye whiskey. This is much more flavorful than most modern ryes but with mostly the same taste. As I said, I’m not a fan of rye however, this would definitely be my pick of the rye whiskeys.

The color is a bit lighter with less red/orange than bourbon but darker than most ryes.

Don’t let my distaste of rye whiskey make you think that I didn’t drink the whole bottle. And I did enjoy it. If you like the rye whiskeys (or Canadian) I highly recommend you give this stuff a shot.

May 17

Guest Booze Review

Posted by ArmedGeek on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 in Booze Links, BOTW

You read that right. We’ve got our first every guest liquor review by none other than Purple Raider.

(Guest post by Purple Raider)

Templeton Rye Whiskey is a smooth, mellow, complex, easy-drinking whiskey. Not as pungent as bourbon, not peaty like a Scotch or Irish whiskey, it is distilled in Indiana, and bottled in Templeton, Iowa.

According to the label, Templeton Rye was created during prohibition. It became Al Capone’s whiskey of choice, and was nicknamed “The good stuff’. Legend has it that several bottles were smuggled into Alcatraz.

I am not a fan of bourbon (too sweet for my tastes), and when I uncorked the bottle I caught a whiff of bourbon in the aroma. Undaunted, I poured two fingers in my glass, over ice to start. Then I tasted this stuff.

This is simply the most complex liquor I have ever had. A semi-sweet start, undertones of vanilla, nuts, and grain (duh), but you had different flavors at every sip. The aftertaste was very pleasing to the palate, with the continuation of the nutty flavor of the rye. A very clean, satisifying finish.

I also tried this sans ice, and the flavors really jumped out at me, and yet that same clean finish.

I would not use this whiskey in a mixer, it deserves to be drunk straight, or if you must, over ice. And at a price of around $40, I don’t think you would really want to mix this whiskey.

There is really nothing like this whiskey. For a special occasion, go for it. And please go to their website:

Purple Raider.