Review #401 | /r/Bourbon Review #230 – Rebel Yell 10 Year Single Barrel
Distiller: Heaven Hill
Bottler: Rebel Yell (Luxco)
ABV: 50% ABV | 100pf
Age: 10 Years
Source: Bottle, purchased.
Nose: Lightly floral. Sweet cream. Caramel. A nice fruitcake-ish set of notes. Light, sweet, doughy. Not a lot of oak, dryness, tannins or notes like clove and leather.
Taste: Thin mouthfeel. Sweet and light. Vanilla reigns supreme here with a bit more of that fruity dough. Again, it’s sweet and inoffensive without more robust notes like clove, oak, leather, cinnamon, etc.
Finish: The finish is surprisingly nice. No heat, good length. The fruit notes grow a little sour though, some oak represents and a good bit of vanilla steals the show.
Overall: Despite the tone my notes may give – this isn’t a bad product. I enjoyed it, but wasn’t blown away. It’s unique, though, and gives a little different feel than most oak or spice driven bourbons. It’s light, doughy, fruity, sweet – everything a wheater typically is. That being said, it wasn’t impressive. It wasn’t really exciting. It was almost too delicate – the thin mouthfeel for a 100pf product was sort of a letdown. I won’t hesitate to say I like this much better than Maker’s Mark but if you offered me this and a dram of Buffalo Trace, it wouldn’t be an easy decision. I don’t take price into my ranking, but for a product that is double or more at the register, I’m not so sure that’s a great impression to have been left with.
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1 | Disgusting | So bad I poured it out.
2 | Poor | I wouldn’t consume by choice.
3 | Bad | Multiple flaws.
4 | Sub-par | Not bad, but many things I’d rather have.
5 | Good | Good, just fine.
6 | Very Good | A cut above.
7 | Great | Well above average
8 | Excellent | Really quite exceptional.
9 | Incredible | An all time favorite
10 | Insurpassable | No better exists