The first Rebel Yell Single Barrel I tried was a few months ago in St. Louis. I was there for a Luxco event where myself and a bunch of other whiskey writers were invited to join a tasting panel for the company. We were chosen to taste through a bunch of different bourbons, blind, and tell them which ones we liked, didn’t like and why. We never found out what we were tasting or why – we just gave them our opinions and then we all hung out and ate and drank.
After the tasting panel we had a nice dinner followed by cocktails and the opportunity to drink some of Luxco’s new whiskeys which included the David Nicholson Reserve, Blood Oath Pact 2 and this lovely little gem. I enjoyed the DNR, I really liked the BO2, but this… this Rebel Yell Single Barrel stole the show. I didn’t write down which barrel number it was that enamored me that night, but it was magnificent and quickly became the only thing I wanted to drink for the rest of the evening. This barrel is no slouch either.
Rebel Yell Single Barrel Info
Region: Kentucky, USA
Aged Since: 9/05
Rebel Yell Single Barrel Review
Oak, spice, complex dark sweets, cherry heavy dark fruit, vanilla whipped cream, blackberry licorice, oily nuts and light bit of salted brûlée. It’s a rich and complex bourbon aroma.
Oak, chewy dark fruit, complex dark sweets, roasted nuts, vanilla and a touch of waxy licorice, spice and cocoa. This is the kind of thing I want to sip on while reading a good book with a dog on my lap.
Long and filled with oak, caramel, vanilla, dark sweets, dark fruit and olde time candy.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Great balance, round full body and a heavy silken feel.
Holy crap… I can’t believe this is Rebel Yell. Seriously this Rebel Yell Single Barrel is leaps and bounds better than the standard release and represents a new era for the brand in which it’s finally earning its name. This is a whiskey to make some noise about and I wish all Rebel Yell was this good. I understand why it can’t be, supply and demand and all that, but it doesn’t stop me from wishing.
The strong oaky backbone on the palate gives it a rustic, comforting, flavor that pairs nicely with the sweeter notes and gives the whole whiskey a great sense of balance. The same essence runs through the aroma and finish. It’s a whiskey I want to drink all the time and between this barrel and the one I tried in St. Louis I’m excited to try other barrels in the future to see how they compare. This Rebel Yell Single Barrel is a great representation of a well aged bourbon, definitely worth trying.
SCORE: 90/100 (A-)
*Disclosure: This Rebel Yell Single Barrel was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.