Review #401. Rebel Yell Single Barrel 10yr

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.

Thanks for reading!

Rank: 5


Decoded:

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


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