A bourbon made according to a recipe that dates back to 1849, Rebel Yell represents so much of Bourbon’s rebellious spirit! The brand was first thought up by Charles Farnsley, the former Mayor of Louisville and Congressman, working for the famous Stitzel-Weller company in the 1970s. It was first designed for America’s South (hence the name) but is now available worldwide after the brand’s purchase by Luxco. The whiskey is produced at the Heaven Hill distillery. Few people can look at the label these days without thinking of the classic Billy Idol track!
Like many Weller-designed products, this is a wheated Bourbon, replacing the spicy rye in the mash-bill with, soft, approachable wheat. On the nose, this Bourbon offers up warm butter, honey, raisins, butterscotch and corn aromas. The palate is thick with dried fruit flavours, toasted bread, a little salted caramel, peppery spirit spice and some barrel char. The finish is lingering, with a sweet maple syrup on pancake note. A lovely whiskey, with some complex bready flavours that reward patience. Fantastic value for money!