Rebel Yell 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon

Sometime in the late 1940s, Louisville Mayor and Southern gentleman Charlie Farnsley began calling his privately selected bottles of bourbon "Rebel Yell" and "Lost Cause." His uncle Alex Farnsley, Pappy Van Winkle's partner at Stitzel-Weller, liked the Southern nostalgia and began marketing Rebel Yell Bourbon south of the Mason-Dixon line exclusively.

Following the dissolution of Stitzel-Weller in the early 1970s, the brand was purchased by the David Sherman Corp. (a.k.a Luxco) and by 1984, Rebel Yell was a nationally distributed product. There were some interesting export editions in the late 80s/early 90s featuring S-W juice and the Confederate flag on the label. The brand nearly sputtered out on the bottom shelf until recently with a re-branding of sorts and this new product, a sourced, 10-year-old single barrel gem. 

Bottom line: this is delicious bourbon (although the "since 1849" stuff on the label simply relates to the history of Stitzel-Weller/Wm. Larue Weller's original operation). A more accurate label would say "since 1949," and honestly, the real history is more interesting anyway! The source is rumored to be Heaven Hill (their wheated recipe is 68% corn, 20% wheat, 12% malted barley).

Rebel Yell 10 Single Barrel Bourbon

Sourced by Luxco
100 proof
$50

Color: Bright copper.

Nose: Amazing! Decadent caramel sauce, vanilla frosting, toasted marshmallow, caramelized brown sugar, oak, and dark chocolate.  

Tasting Notes: Loads of caramel sweetness, subtle rye spice, Big Red cinnamon gum, and oak. The mouthfeel is full and chewy and the finish is long and heats the chest cavity up like a good bourbon should.  

Overall: A. One of the best bourbons of the year. A delightful surprise.