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Newest Bourbon Review: Rebel Reserve Small Batch *Limited Edition* Bourbon

September 29, 2011

Rebel Reserve Small Batch *Limited Edition* Bourbon

The date is 9-29-2011 and I have a new bottle of Rebel Reserve to share with you. This is the big brother of Rebel Yell Straight Bourbon (4 year). There is no age statement but, my guess is that this is a 6-8 year old bourbon. This is the premier line for Rebel yell, being their small batch bourbon. Rebel Reserve is a W.L. Weller family recipe and is a Wheated bourbon just like the other W.L. Weller bourbons. Buffalo Trace makes current W.L Weller bourbon but, this is  not one of them.


To the bourbon:

90.6 Proof Single Barrel

Aged: unknown at this time but, is at least 4-5 years old

Price $20.00

Bottle statements:

Batch No. – 1257

Bottle No. – 65298

“Hand crafted in Small Batches”

First notes:

The first thing I noticed is that even though this is a lesser expensive bottle of Bourbon it is a nice one. The neck of the bottle has a slight “Boil-Ball” Pot Still shape and the bottle is sealed with cork. No screw top here.


This bourbon has a medium caramel / amber hue as many younger bourbons do. The color is still very inviting with a slight reddish tint and the bourbon seems to be “Chill” filtered.

First nose:

Has a nose of dew dropped sugar cane with a hint of wheat.

Nose in a glass:

There is a little nose of corn, wheat and the slightest hint of pepper and cherry blossoms.


This bourbon is simply delightful. You could sip this all day long. There is no initial pop or fire water going down yet, this is a very nice and subdued 90 proof bourbon. I keep getting notes of caramel and leather with a slight char of corn on the back of the throat with a finish of wheat and nutty sweetness. I would suggest having it Neat or chilled in the freezer before serving.


Rebel Reserve can be a Bourbon for all! It is not as complex as others but, it is nice sipping bourbon for the enthusiast as well as a great first bourbon for a newcomer. Rebel reserve is interesting because it has the pallet presence of an eighty (80) proof, similar to Jim Beam’s (8 years old) Basil Hayden but, has enough flavors, mingling together, to last longer than from sip to sip. Rebel Reserve is simply good and should be tried by all. This is just another example that price does not mean everything in the world of Bourbon.

Outsider review:

A genuine Wheated Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Rebel Reserve® is hand-crafted in select small batches from the original secret Weller family recipe originating over 150 years ago. Remaining loyal to its Wheated Bourbon roots, it is bottled exclusively at a full 90.6 Proof and proudly remains true to both its esteemed quality and superior taste.

Rebel Reserve… a leader among bourbons.

There will be a new review about every week. Stay tuned in for future reviews. Please write if you have a specific bourbon you would like a review on next!

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