Templeton Distillery has unveiled the third expression in their Cask Finish Series, Templeton Rye Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish. The brand’s limited release cask finish series offers an annual unique twist on what rye whiskey can be.
The limited-edition Templeton Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish was originally matured for a minimum of six years in first fill American oak flame-charred barrels. The whiskey was then finished in the finest oloroso sherry casks for an additional nine months. The 500-liter Oloroso Sherry casks were meticulously sourced from the Marco de Jerez region of Spain and once contained dry, full-bodied Oloroso sherry aged between eight and twenty years. The additional maturation time spent in the oloroso sherry casks accentuates the rye spice while adding subtle, alluring flavors and tropical fruit tones and nutty aromas.
“Our Cask Finish series is committed to creating innovative offerings with compelling taste profiles and our Templeton Rye Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish delivers this in abundance,” said Tim Grimes, Senior Brand Ambassador. “We are delighted to share this limited-release with the world that showcases the influence of Oloroso Sherry on American Rye whiskey with a flavor profile not to be missed.”
On the nose, creme caramel, candied orange peels, figs and sultanas mingle with delicate notes of nutty oloroso sherry. The palate features a rich, oily mouthfeel with tropical fruit and exotic spices complimented by milk chocolate and walnuts. The finish is long, creamy and balanced with the ex-sherry influence working in harmony with black pepper and sumptuous warmth.
Previous expressions from Templeton’s Barrel Finish Series include Templeton Rye Maple Cask Finish and Templeton Rye Caribbean Rum Cask Finish. Following the success of these limited-releases, the distillery knew quality was key with the Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish and wanted to ensure that their third maturation would impart notes of sherry and exotic flavors envisioned in the whiskey.
Templeton Rye Oloroso Sherry Cask Finish is non chill-filtered and bottled at 46% ABV. It is available in limited quantities in both the USA and select international markets including the EU for $49.99 – $54.99 per 750ml bottle.
For more information, head over to Templeton Distillery’s official website.