Friday, November 11, 2016

Rebel Yell Single Barrel Bourbon

Normally found on the bottle shelf, Rebel Yell isn't a name generally associated with high quality spirits. Since acquiring the brand, Luxco has introduced a variety of premium whiskeys in an effort to revitalize public perception. This fall, Rebel Yell single barrel hit the market in limited quantities, and you’ll have to reach for the top shelf this time to find it. This 10 year, single barrel offering continues the tradition of using wheat instead of rye; sourced by Heaven Hill Distillery, we can assume it’s the Larceny mashbill.

-Single Barrel #4744359 
-100 proof  
-10 years old 
-Price: $49 

Nose: This effortlessly identifies itself as a full bodied whiskey.  Sweet corn, sugar cookies, and caramel combine for a robust sweetness. A heavy nuttiness, cinnamon, and tobacco spice mingle pleasantly to form a sophisticated aroma.

Taste: Velvety smooth with an initial touch of maple syrup, cinnamon, and peanut. This is followed by a healthy amount of tobacco spice on the back end. A distinct herbal tone adds complexity for a well-balanced bourbon.

Finish: Medium in length with sweetness and tobacco.  

Conclusion: I have no doubt this single barrel offering is going to change the way the brand is perceived. The well balanced, full bodied flavor fills a void in the current market of hard to find wheated bourbons. Appropriately priced at just under $50, it’s not going to cost you an arm or a leg either. I definitely recommend getting your hands on some Rebel Yell single barrel bourbon. 

My Rating:  B+ (Very Good)

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