Templeton Rye Caribbean Rum Cask Finish has finally arrived. The new release is the latest addition to the Iowa distillery’s Barrel Finish Series, which launched last year with the Maple Cask Finish Whiskey.
This limited-edition American straight Rye Whiskey initially matured for five years in flame-charred American oak barrels that were specifically chosen from the distillery’s aging sourced stocks of Rye Whiskey. Once the barrels were selected, the spirit was then finished in the finest ex-dark Rum casks from Jamaica. The additional six month maturation time spent in first-fill Caribbean Rum casks accentuates the rye spice while adding subtle, exotic flavors and tropical fruit tones to create a complex and beautiful spirit.
On the nose, the Templeton Rye Caribbean Rum Cask Finish delivers ripe bananas, pineapples, aromatic spices, and sweet oak. The creamy palate features rich oak, orange zest, black pepper, and dark chocolate. The finish is filled with sweet golden raisins and banana bread, fruit, and wood.
“We are thrilled to be launching the second limited-edition expression in our Barrel Finish Series following the success of our Maple Cask Finish release last fall,” said Tim Grimes, Senior Brand Ambassador of Templeton Rye. “Quality was key as we wanted to ensure that our secondary maturation would impart the rum characteristics and flavors that we envisioned in the whiskey. We are delighted with the result and look forward to sharing with our fans.”
Bottled at 46% ABV, Templeton Rye Caribbean Rum Cask Finish is available in limited quantities in both the United States and select international markets including the EU for $44.99-$49.99 per 750ml bottle.
Earlier this month, Michter’s unveiled the 2020 edition of its US*1 Toasted Barrel Finish Rye Whiskey. It is the Kentucky Distillery’s latest release to feature a toasted barrel finish, following the launch of the US*1 Toasted Barrel Sour Mash Whiskey last year.