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An Unanswered Letter to Templeton Rye

Christopher L. Jorgensen
P.O. Box 546
Ames, IA 50010

November 24, 2012

Templeton Rye
209 E. 3rd Street
Templeton, IA 51463

Dear Templeton Rye,

I’m a bit snookered right now. Or is it snockered? Snackered? Regardless, I have had too much Templeton Rye! But I thought I should fire off this missive before going to bed or before I get too much drunker. I’m turning neurons to morons!

I’ve been looking for your rye for years now! Years I tell you! Every time I go into the store and ask, “Do you have any Templeton Rye?” I am told to come back on a Tuesday! Who shops for booze on a Tuesday? I say buy it on a Friday and buy enough to get through the week. Plan ahead, man! Even when I came in on Tuesday though (I often do not plan ahead) there is no Templeton Rye. “We didn’t get any this week,” I’d be told. Two years! I finally got some and I am drinking it and it is very pleasant. My only suggestion is for you to make more. A man (or woman) should be able to buy your rye seven days a week (not just Tuesdays).

Also, if you made more it would be cheaper and I could afford to drink it more often! Basic supply and demand. Basic supply and demand. See, I’m not too dumb yet!


Christopher L. Jorgensen

p.s. I am looking forward to visiting your distillery. Don’t worry, I won’t tell the feds!


I’ll move this over to my “Unanswered Letters” section next week (when I hopefully will have something new to post). This commentary will then go away (I think).

In the end I did have a bottle (or two) of Templeton, and I did give one to a friend as a gift, but I find for the price point I enjoy other whiskeys more at half the price. I was willing to pay a premium to support an Iowa product and for a good story, but at the end of the day, it’s only bottled in Iowa.

I’m guessing if they had bothered to write back my reaction would be more positive, but since they didn’t I’m pretty confident I’ll probably never buy it again. Besides, now that it’s everywhere I find I’m not as interested.

I make it a policy to not link to sites that don’t reply.

By Christopher L. Jorgensen


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