Today I am reviewing Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, one of the original wheated bourbons. When most people think of an easy-drinking (smooth) bourbon, Rebel Yell comes to mind. Like many wheated bourbons, Rebel Yell can trace its roots to the old Stitzel-Weller distillery. Nowadays, Rebel Yell is distilled and aged at Heaven Hill’s Bernheim Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky (even though the bottle claims it is distilled and aged by the fictitious “Rebel Yell Distillery”). The whiskey is then bottled by Luxco, a beverage supplier that provides Ezra Brooks and Rebel Reserve. Rebel Yell is bottled at 80 proof (40% abv) with no age statement.
In the glass, Rebel Yell is a beautiful pale gold color. The nose is very light and sweet, offering baked apples, honey, and vanilla. The palate is light, with ripe gala apples, honey, some caramel, and vanilla. The sweetness is delicious. The finish is rather short, with only some apples and honey hanging on.
Overall, Rebel Yell is a peculiar whiskey for me. It is not complex at all, but it is downright delicious. I love the way it tastes and smells, but it does not last for that long, and there is not much complexity to it. It is sweet all the way through, so if you like that flavor profile, you might enjoy Rebel Yell. Honestly, there are times when I am drinking Rebel Yell that I think I am drinking an Irish whiskey; it borders on that type of light, ripe fruitiness. As such, this might be an easy bourbon to get a non-whiskey drinker interested in whiskey. My grade: C. Price: $15-20/750ml. At the price point, I think Rebel Yell is hard to beat for an everyday pour, but it is far from the best that the world of wheated bourbons has to offer.