Bottles of Templeton Rye are showing up on Internet sales sites in violation of Iowa laws against bootlegging. Batch four of the whiskey has been hitting store shelves in Iowa, but the bottles are snatched up quickly. Some liquor store owners have waiting lists of people who want to buy Templeton Rye when shipments arrive.
Karen Freund, with the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, says several people have listed the whiskey on eBay and Craigslist for up to $100 a bottle. Typically, the whiskey is sold for $36 a bottle.
Bootlegging is a serious misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.