Rebel Yell Single Barrel
Updated: Jul 12, 2018
Not easy to find, but worth every penny if you come across one.
Type: Bourbon whiskey
Distillery: Rebel Yell Distillery (actually distilled by Heaven Hill)
Age: 10 years
Price Paid: $59.99
Specific Bottling: Barrel 4744355, aged since 09/2005
Deep amber. For a 10 year bourbon, this one is fairly dark. Very inviting color. The legs on this are really strong. When I swirl it in the Glencairn, it coats the sides and stays there.
The alcohol burn is nice with this pour. It's present, but not overpowering. The nose has the usual notes of caramel and vanilla, but I also get orange peel and coriander. There may even be a bit of tobacco. The oak is definitely present and you can tell this isn't a 3-4 year old bourbon.
I immediately get vanilla and oak. There's a leathery kick as well. It's very smooth and the high wheat/corn profile shines through. At 100 proof, there's a decent kick, but it's a sweet heat. Adding a few drops of water brings new flavors and texture. The sweetness is more apparent and the heat is diminished. Caramel makes an appearance and there's a new spice taste that I can't quite put my finger on.
This pour has a medium finish. The oak and spice are upfront, but fade away well before your next sip. As the burn fades, there's a sugary finish like hard candy.
This is a really enjoyable bourbon. If you like wheaters, I'd be shocked if you didn't like this one. It's sweet for 100 proof, but still has plenty of oak and spice. The finish isn't overpowering, making this really easy to drink. I wish it was a little easier to find, but I think it's worth the $59 price tag and even a little more. This is one I'll always buy if I see it at retail.