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Drink Review: Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve Bourbon

Immortalised by Billy Idol in the 1980s, Rebel Yell is a classic bourbon, deservedly famous for its quality as well as its rock-star associations. The Small Batch Reserve has notes of vanilla, rye spice and caramel.

Rebel Yell Reserve Review:

“When it comes to the world of craft bourbon, every drinker is a secret whiskey expert. The tools at your disposal for tasting whiskey is as diverse and complex as yourself. And that’s why just about any good bourbon that catches your eye merits serious attention. Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve is a new offering from Kentucky’s Rebel Yell Distillery, which launched in 1976.

“All Rebel Yell products are made from 100% Corn. The Small Batch Reserve has notes of vanilla, rye spice and caramel. Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve is a single barrel bourbon ‘crafted for a single batch so each bottle is crafted from different barrels, but all aged for the same amount of time,’ explains the distillery. The Small Batch Reserve is bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV).”

I am not really a boozy person but this made me hold back, so you can imagine the ‘proper’ effects of the bourbon. It is not too strong and has the sweet overtones of bourbon without being cloying. It is the kind of bourbon you can have with a bowl of brownies. I have to hand it to Rebel Yell. They have crafted a good bourbon that would go well with dessert!

Rebel Yell Reserve Review 1:

“The Small Batch Reserve has notes of vanilla, rye spice and caramel. Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve is a single barrel bourbon ‘crafted for a single batch so each bottle is crafted from different barrels, but all aged for the same amount of time,’ explains the distillery.”

“The Vanilla-forward Bourbon is aged for six years, and is bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV). The Vanilla-forward Bourbon is blended with grain neutral spirits with hints of vanilla. The grain neutral spirits peak in the bottle, while the bourbon gains more vanilla notes as it ages. The distilling and blending process means that all Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve bourbon is crafted from different barrels with different flavor profiles.”

“Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve, with its spicy caramel fragrance, won a Double Gold Medal at the 1993 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.”

It is both pleasing and intriguing. I feel a tad hesitant to try the next bottle but with such a cult following I should not be so wary.

Rebel Yell Reserve Review 2:

Rebel Yell Reserve drink is very amazing in taste, likely because of the small batch. I am not a big drinker of artificial flavored drinks, but the Small Batch Reserve had strong flavor even if I added a little bit of ice. I wish this type of whiskey was available in India, because Indian people like to have different types of whiskey, I like the three types of whiskey I have tried, and after the Small Batch Reserve, I can tell the difference between a large-batch and small-batch whiskey.

I want to try Make it Rain, because the reviews I have read were good and the price of Make it Rain seems to be competitive. I am going to test drink Make it Rain for a month before making a review.

The Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve is good but can be a bit overpowering. The Overpowering is the strong spicy after taste. It’s like you will ask a smoky flavor. Maybe the recipe is watered down. Overall Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve is a higher quality and good affordable price, I recommend enjoying it if you want to taste something different than other Boos.

Kenny Chan

Rating: 5/10

Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve review 3:

I was very happy to receive the bottle of Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve. I opened the bottle and was amazed by the strong aroma of vanilla and cotton candy. Something that you can smell in whiskey is very unusual, and it is very good to know that the nose of the whiskey is rele sassy. After opening the bottle, I had 3-4 good sips. I found the dry taste of rye that is combined with strong sweetness of caramel. It is such a unique taste. I do not know why it is called Rebel Yell but by the taste it seems the Heaven Is on the Rocks and Breckinridge use the same name. Therefore I read the statement of the bottle very carefully and did not find it in the statement.

I understand that the goal of this product is to get many people to drink it so people can see the Rebel Yell and make it a big brand. But this product is good but I think it is less than a product of a large distillery but is more like a small brand. I like to have this type of whiskey because I find it difficult to find to have some premium whiskey.

Written by Mark Adams

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