The second release of Rebel Yell Single Barrel is already on shelves. It launched in 2016 and quickly became one of my favorite bourbons released that year. A 10-year-old, 100 proof wheated bourbon for about $60- seriously, what’s not to like?
As I just mentioned, Rebel Yell Single Barrel is a wheated bourbon. That means the producers use wheat as the secondary grain instead of the more traditional rye. Speaking of producers… though Luxco is currently building a distillery in Bardstown, they are still sourcing their whiskey from other producers. In the case of most of Luxco’s whiskies, that source would most likely be Heaven Hill.
My review sample is from barrel 504315, which was filled in May 2006. I said it before and I’ll say it again: kudos to parent company Luxco for adding this information to the label.
I’m happy to report the quality of last year’s release remains. Big aromas of grilled sweet corn, caramelized sugar and vanilla fill the glass. Slight hints of cinnamon and fresh brioche follow. On the palate, classic bourbon notes are showcased – vanilla cream, cornbread, and cinnamon. A touch of leather and oak tannins lightly coat the tongue in the back palate. The finish is long and somewhat sweet, with notes of spiced corn and caramel.
I enjoy bourbons of many walks of life. Lately I’ve come to consider 8 to 12 years to be my sweet spot in terms of a bourbon’s age. Heaven Hill’s 10-year-old Parker’s Heritage Collection from a couple of years back is pretty much a flawless bourbon for my tastes. Barrel Bourbon Batch 005 was aged for eight years and still lingers in my memory. Rebel Yell Single Barrel, though a different mash bill, hits on all cylinders. It is extremely well-balanced and delivers a wonderful display of flavors. 8.5/10
Thanks to Luxco for the sample. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.