Luxco Brands Tastings
Namesake (from distiller):
The “Rebel Yell” is one of the most endearing legends in our country’s history. It is a war cry used by Confederate soldiers to instill fear while engaged in battle. Also used as a chant of victory or a moral booster, General “Stonewall” Jackson was once quoted as saying “that’s the most beautiful sound in the world”
Today Rebel Yell Bourbon represents the same victorious passion, commitment and honor to its heritage that our forefathers exhibited with their rebel yells. So next time you’re drinking Rebel Yell Bourbon, belt out a rebel yell in celebration. Who knows, it may inspire you to blaze your own trail.
Strong and humbling, Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a truly unforgettable taste. As one of the few wheated bourbons on the market today, Rebel Yell is made using only the choicest ingredients, pure limestone-filtered water and new charred white oak barrels for aging.
Rebel Yell boasts a honey raisin scent and a long, warm finish. A full-bodied whiskey with honey, butter and a hint of dark fruit (plums, raisins) gives this wheated bourbon a unique style.
Like all fine bourbons, Rebel Yell is steeped in tradition. The first bottle was produced in 1849 by the W.L. Weller family, the first distillers to produce Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey using wheat instead of rye in the mash bill.
Rebel Reserve Small Batch *Limited Edition* Bourbon
The date is 9-29-2011 and I have a new bottle of Limited Edition 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 Small Batch
Aged: unknown at this time but, is at least 4-5 years old
Batch No. – 1257
Bottle No. – 65298
“Hand crafted in Small Batches”
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.
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.
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.