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January 15, 2024 (edited January 20, 2024)
4.25 out of 5 stars
Bringing in the new year by opening a new one. I loved the 10 year so figured this would be another solid offwring from Templeton. First off i love the new bottle design it looks really good on any shelf and is indicative of whats inside of it…..good product.
If you like MGP and you like their ryes this will be right up your alley. To be honest it was a bit hot the first couple pours but only sitting a couoke weeks its already simmering down. As the expert review states add a few drops or a small cube to hour glass and this stuff shines! For $60 i feel this one is a bargain that I’d purchase many times over if i see it.
December 7, 2023 (edited December 8, 2023)
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nose- gentle sweet cinnamon, faint floral/fruity orange blossom. Dry oak. Theres a strange muskyness/funkyness maybe banana
Palate- dry sweet cinnamon tangerine zing, quickly followed by that classic peppery rye spice, and a bit of heat. Fades out into a moderately long nice finish. Fruity and oaky on the back end with a slight floral note, quite nice. It starts dry, but the finish is kinda sticky and thick keeping the fruity/floral flavor around forever.
I might not spend the $60 bucks on it but its close. I stole this @ $35 bucks on clearance. Would place it at $45-$50 for a fair price.
Overall- one of the more dynamic Ryes I've had.
This has truely blossomed as i moved through the bottle (with a little help from my friends). It is still savory and spicy, but in the best way with some added sweetness. The notes of rye grass, eucalyptus, dill, which are really not my favorite anyway, are still there but have have been muted. The baking baking spices, vanilla, caramel and sugar cookies are brought to the fore. The ethanol and heat are gone, for the most part. Still finishes long with savory and spice plus some vanilla and caramel. Makes a great old fashioned.
I like this way more than I first did when first opened.
Aroma - man.. maybe the most underwhelming rye aroma to date. Getting cinnamon, vanilla, dark berries, slight honey note That’s all.
Taste - Follows the nose but it is definitely better. There’s a bit more rye profile here on the palate and the finish is more on the medium-long side. Lots of cocoa powder on the finish as well. The alcohol presence is nice. Lacks complexity but nice balance of flavors.
Overall- Balance and flavor is nice, but the price point ($70-$80) leaves a lot to be desired to be honest.
Recommendation - try before you buy
This is savory and spicy with notes of rye grass, eucalyptus, dill, baking spices, vanilla, black pepper and sugar cookies. But it also has too much ethanol and heat for my taste. Finishes long with more savory and spice.
I feel like I should like this more than I do.