Templeton Distillery has announced the launch of Templeton 10 Year Reserve Rye Whiskey, along with a refreshed look for the brand.
Templeton Rye 10 Year Reserve is a single-barrel whiskey, aged 10 years in charred new American oak barrels.
Flavors include dark oak with honeyed floral notes and the distillery’s signature rye spice, the company reports.
The new 10 Year Reserve, along with the 4 and 6 Year, will all feature refreshed packaging. Templeton’s new offering and look will “highlight a refocus on a company that’s centered around where it comes from, as well as where it’s headed next,” the company says.
Templeton 10 Year Reserve Rye Whiskey presents at 104 proof, with a suggested retail price of of $85 per 750-ml. bottle.
This all comes at the same time that the company launches Templeton Distillery Entrepreneur’s Grant program. This will award three small businesses $10,000 each, meant to spark their growth.
Winners of the Templeton Distillery Entrepreneur’s Grant program will be selected by a panel of a few of Iowa’s greats, including Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Legends Of Tomorrow) and Hill Harper (The Good Doctor), both originally from Iowa. Rounding out the remainder of the panel are Keith Kerkhoff, Templeton Distillery’s co-founder, as well as the founders of local Iowa-based businesses, Christina Moffatt (Crème Cupcake + Dessert) and Pernell Cezar and Rod Johnson (BLK & Bold Specialty Beverage).
The period to apply will run from May 10 through July 11, 2021, with winners announced in August.
“Ignited by the spark of a simple idea, early producers in the small town of Templeton, Iowa, began crafting what was commonly known as ‘Templeton Rye’ at the turn of the 20th century,” says Kerkhoff. “Now, looking to the future as Templeton Distillery, we could not think of a better way to honor this heritage than by supporting small businesses with a little help from some Iowa greats. Also, we are thrilled to introduce an even more premium offering for the fans of Templeton to enjoy when they want to sip something a bit more special.”
All US-based businesses can apply for the Templeton Distillery Entrepreneur’s Grant — excluding those that sell alcohol or are owned by anyone under the age of 21. To enter, businesses should submit 250 words about why they should be considered.
Entries are judged on originality (40%), contributions to the local community (40%) and business viability (20%).