An old-time drink is one of the hottest selling new products at the state liquor warehouse. Alcohol Beverages Division Administrator Lynn Walding Templeton Rye whiskey made in the tiny town of Templeton in Carroll County in western Iowa gained famed in the 1920’s prohibition era. Walding says Templeton Rye reportedly was the favorite drink of notorious Chicago gangster Al Capone. But Templeton Rye was recently revived as a legal product and Walding says “their sales have been startling everyone.” Walding says as soon as they get the Templeton Rye in the warehouse, it goes right out. Walding says the resurgence of the Iowa based booze is surprising. Walding says it’s interesting because it is an Iowa product, and it’s a rye whiskey, which used to be the favorite type of whiskey in America. Walding says the whiskey from the small Iowa town seems to have unlimited potential. Walding says the Iowa whiskey is getting interest from an out-of-state supplier too, and it could eventually go national. Walding says Templeton Rye has the potential to be a top 25 seller for the state out of the 12 to 14-hundred items in the state inventory, something he says is “pretty impressive” for a new product. Walding says people are drinking the whiskey and some people are giving it as a gift because it’s and Iowa product.
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