The Templeton brand was launched in 2006 with a press release stating that whiskey was “made in Iowa” while in fact the juice was sourced from MGP Indiana.
In 2015 the company settled three lawsuits entitling anyone who’d purchased a bottle to refund. Consequently the owners added “distilled in Indiana” statement to the back label. Templeton Signature Reserve 4 years old bears “Straight Whiskey” designation; it was distilled from mash of 95% rye and 5% malted barley in MGP Indiana and bottled with no addition of coloring and flavoring substances. The previous version, Templeton Rye Good Stuff, contained less than 2.5% of “alcohol-flavoring formulation” developed by Clerendon Flavor Engineering from Louisville, Kentucky.
Nose: grassy and spicy, fresh hay, mint, cinnamon, touch of clove, white pepper, vanilla, hints of licorice and oak.
Palate: smooth, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, allspice, cinnamon, candied ginger, pepper, hints of aniseed and oak.
Finish: medium long, with notes of mulling spice, toffee, vanilla, mint and touch of toasted oak.