However, as a proud Iowan my whiskey of choice is Templeton Rye. Distilled in Templeton, northwest of Des Moines, TR dates to Prohibition and was supposedly a favorite of Al Capone's. The Beverage Tasting Institute calls it "a fun, flavorful rye . . . [that] finishes with a long sweet grain, peppery spice, and white ash fade." I call it my home state's way of apologizing for Herbert Hoover (he was born just down I-80 from Iowa City, in West Branch). Right now, you can only buy TR in Iowa, Illinois or online. In the meantime, templetonrye.com has links to sellers.