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Rebel Yell Rye

                                                             Today we are sipping on Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye. This is the slightly more expensive, Rye version of the Wheated Bourbon Rebel Yell. We reviewed the regular Rebel Yell and gave it pretty good marks considering it sells for around $15 for the 750ml bottle. We will see if swapping the Wheat for Rye is worth the price upgrade. Ironically, Wheated Bourbons are typically more expensive to produce.

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye (meaning less than 100 barrels in the batch) comes in the same medicinal looking, synthetic corked bottle as the rest of the RY lines. It is bottled at 90 proof, sells for around $23 for the 750ml bottle and is fairly available. Regrettably, it is only aged 2 years, while there are exceptions, we have not found very many good, 2 year old juice.

A side note, please read our review of the original Rebel Yell for some interesting trivia about the name and its history.


Ron:     Strange, I get wheat and corn on the nose, not Rye. Also get a nice aroma of pear and some slight scents of citrus and almonds. The nose was somewhat elusive for me, didn’t get a lot and what I did get took patience.

Todd:  While I catch more Rye than Ron, it does seam to smell more like a traditional Bourbon than a Rye. A smell that reminds me of a candy of my childhood, Bit-O-Honey, was the most prevalent. This was followed by spice, citrus and some kind of black fruit.


Ron:    On the tongue I get that big hit of Rye that eluded my nose. Also taste the citrus and pear that I did get on the nose. Secondary flavors included spice, malt and honey.

Todd:    Definitely the spicy Rye is prominent along with a nice bit of sweet caramel. Didn’t really get much more.


Ron:   A medium finish with some more malt and spice.

Todd:   Medium-long with a nice sweet finish with just a touch of mint.


Ron:    Not a bad buy for the price. I have to say, this Rye tastes older that 2 years.

Todd:  Pretty much just have to echo what Ron said. Good buy for the price and tastes older than 2 years. I would buy again.

Nose      3.5 out of 5

Taste      8.5 out of 10

Finish     4 out of 5

Total score        16 out of 20 barrels.

Well we both think that this is a pretty good drink, especially considering the price. Not too bad neat, nice on the rocks and the 90 proof with the strong Rye makes for a decent cocktail. It has a nice price point that is a little above Rittenhouse Rye and a little below Bulleit Rye.

Final verdict, if you like Rye, go ahead and give Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye a try. If if you don’t like Rye, give it a shot anyways, maybe it will change your tune.





Rebel Yell


“With a Rebel Yell she cried more, more, more.”  That’s right, according to Wikipedia, Rebel Yell Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey was the inspiration for the Billy Idol hit. He was drinking it with members of The Rolling Stones, big fans of RY, when he decided he liked the name and would use it for a song.

Rebel Yell is a wheated Bourbon, still at least 51% corn and 5% Barley but with wheat instead or rye for the balance. Usually considered a bottom shelf dweller priced around $14 for a 750 ML bottle. Comes in a standard looking bottle with a synthetic cork, bottled at 80 proof and is at least 4 years in the barrel.  We had no trouble finding it.


Todd:   Very slight aromas of vanilla and ceder along with some kind of grain.

Ron:  Vanilla, medicine, and a slight caramel scent. Also smelled somewhat hot.


Todd:  Nice heat for 80 proof but very smooth as well. Got some kind of bread taste that was probably the grain I got on the nose. Also picked up a sweet praline like taste.

Ron:   Very sweet and very smooth. I tasted the vanilla and caramel that I got on the nose as well as some anise.


Todd:   Medium with a nice clean sweetness.

Ron:   Medium to medium-long with not much difference in taste.


Todd:  You never know what you are getting with some of these low end bottles. I was very impressed, but I am partial to wheated bourbons.

Ron:    Not real complex, very sweet but I still liked it. I had tasted RY before and didn’t remember it being this good. I did not know the factoid about Billy Idol and The Rolling Stones, now I like this Bourbon even more!

Nose      3.5 out of 5

Taste      7.25 out of 10

Finish     3.25 out of 5

Overall         14 out of 20 Barrels

Maybe the low price influenced us by setting the bar low and not having very high expectations. We both liked Rebel Yell enough to at least consider it as our default low end Bourbon, taking the place of Old Fitz.

While the score was not very high, we both enjoyed sipping on RY, and last we checked that was the reason we drink Bourbon, also remember the price.

Rebel Yell is cheap enough to mix but we would advise a traditional Bourbon cocktail like a Manhattan, in our minds it is too sweet to mix with cola.

Also makes a good starter Bourbon. If you can get it for close to the price above, we recommend you buy a bottle (or two).