Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Rebel Yell 10-Year Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon

VITALS:
- $50
- 100 Proof
- 10 Years
- Barrel #4744173

This is one product that I probably never would have purchased if it weren't for the overwhelming positive reviews that I was seeing on Facebook, Twitter, various blogs and nearly everywhere else even the most basic reviews might reside. I have yet to see anything other than love for this bourbon. So, I made it a point to go out and get my own bottle.

Rebel Yell is known more for their readily available, bottom shelf offering. This is a new release, 10 year old bourbon, however, much older than their usual product. Considering Luxco sources their bourbon from Heaven Hill, you know you're getting a quality, well-aged product here.

While I tend to favor rye over wheat, on my first sip, I knew I had something really good here. In fact, I typically start making notes in my phone when I'm first trying a new bourbon so that I can refer back to it as I write these blog posts. In this instance, however, I decided to forego with the note-taking on that initial pour and just enjoy this bourbon.

The nose itself is delicious! It is caramel heavy, but also had strong coffee notes as well as a nice orange citrus scent as well. Though it's not a combination I would have thought of, it really worked well!

My initial impression upon tasting this is that it is sweet with a light oakiness, but no bite of a dry bourbon. Caramel dominates from beginning to end, and the soft wood tones linger throughout as well. Perhaps it's the wood that comes through at the end to create a very tasty sweet cereal flavor. I feel like I frequently am reminded of different cereal brands when I try bourbons, and in this instance, the one that came to mind was Golden Grahams. Very good!

With this bottle, I started out fast, because it was just so good. Then, when I got about half way through the bottle, I realized that I wanted to savor it a bit more and slowed down. But, every few days I found myself just hungry for some more and had to go back to the well. This bottle was well worth the price, and I am going to have to grab a second bottle to keep in reserve.

Grade: A-

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