When Prohibition outlawed the devil alcohol, there was a band of residents in Templeton, Iowa that quietly created an American classic rye whiskey known as 'the good stuff.' Over the course of time, Templeton rye became the whisky of choice for famous bootleggers like Al Capone and for speakeasies around the US. Now legally available, the classic recipe is reborn when, once again, great rye is in high demand. Rich with Christmas spice, caramel and toffee – it’s an easy-drinking sipping rye that also works with an array of classic cocktails.
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. Based on its extremely smooth finish, the American rye whiskey earned the nickname of "The Good Stuff" and quickly brought a certain degree of fame to the doorsteps of Templeton (pop. 350). As the premium brand of the era, Templeton Rye fetched an impressive $5.50 per gallon - or approximately $70 by today's standards. Over the course of its storied history, Templeton Rye became Al Capone's whiskey of choice, quickly finding its way to the center of his bootlegging empire. Hundreds of kegs per month were supplied to Capone's gang who in turn filled the demand of speakeasies throughout Chicago, New York and as far west as San Francisco. Capone was eventually convicted on charges of tax evasion and sent to prison. Later legends suggest that a few bottles even found their way inside the walls of Alcatraz to the cell of prisoner AZ-85. Although most American whiskeys ceased production after prohibition ended, Templeton Rye continued to be produced illegally in small quantities for loyal patrons. More than eighty-five years later, the infamous small batch rye whiskey finally returned - made available legally for the first time ever in 2006.