Discover the differences between Redemption Rye vs Templeton Rye in this head to head comparison and decide which to buy!
|Nose||Mint, rye spice|
|Palate||Rye spice, anise, clove, vanilla, oak|
|Finish||Rye spice, clove|
|Alcohol content||92 proof (46% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Redemption Bourbon, Bulleit Rye|
The nose has a strong aroma of rye bread with a hint of spearmint making it a typical rye.
On the palate you get anise and clove with a rye spice blast along vanilla bean.
The finish is long and spicy with more clove and cinnamon to it, with a slight lingering burn moving from throat to nose.
Adding a drop of water makes the Redemption Rye sweeter as vanilla and brown sugar pop-up making it spicy/sweet and more enjoyable.
Redemption is a good nicely-priced straight Rye Whiskey, offering rich spice but not overwhelming along some interesting earthy flavors.
There is nothing off-putting about it, is well balanced making a good option for those looking for a sipper or a versatile mixer for spicy cocktails.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Redemption Rye:
- Mash bill is comprised of 95% rye and 5% malted barley.
- Aged for 2 years in American oak barrels.
- Redemption Rye earned a Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
- Earned the title “Best New Spirit” at the 2012 Tales of Cocktail competition.
- This brand is owned by the Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits company based in White Plains, NY.
|Nose||Honey, vanilla, blueberry|
|Palate||Rye spice, vanilla, oak, oak spice|
|Finish||Charred oak, oak spice, caramel|
|Alcohol content||80 proof (40% ABV)|
|How to drink||Rocks, cocktails|
|Similar to||Bulleit Rye, Knob Creek Rye|
The nose is quite smooth and sweet with a pleasing honey aroma, followed by a note of vanilla and blueberry.
On the palate, the Templeton Rye feels thin as it has been watered-down to 80 proof. Flavor hits with a bit of heat at first, that gives way to rye spice, vanilla, oak with a light bitter note coming from the oak spice.
The finish is short, with a warming note to it as it burns a bit on the way down, with notes of oak char, oak spice and a tad of caramel.
Adding water makes it a bit better as it releases caramel and oak while tuning down the heat.
Not the most interesting whiskey but nothing wrong about it. It’s a bit warmer than what the low proof suggests and lacks in body as it feels watery but becomes handy for those looking to make whiskey cocktails on a budget.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Templeton Rye:
- The mash bill is comprised of 95% rye and 5% malted barley.
- Aged for 4 years in charred new American oak casks.
- Won Double Gold at the SIP Awards and a Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2020.
What do Redemption Rye and Templeton Rye have in common?
Both are crafted at the same distillery
- They are both produced at the MGP of Indiana distillery along the Bulleit Rye, Angel’s Envy, George Dickel Rye and the Whistlepig.
- Barrel management provides enough contrasts to make them different, though.
Redemption Rye vs Templeton Rye: Price comparison
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Redemption Rye vs Templeton Rye: Which is better?
Templeton Rye is a bit smoother
|Whiskey||Redemption Rye||Templeton Rye|
- These whiskeys share many tasting notes as they were crafted at the same distillery using the same recipe yet the Templeton feels a bit smoother at has a lengthier aging period and is bottled at a lower proof.
- The Redemption is more punchy and it would be my whiskey of choice to make a tasty cocktail, though.
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