Kentucky Straight Bourbon, aged at least 2 years in new oak barrels.
Distilled by Heaven Hill at their Bernheim distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.
From the great list of mash bills at Liquor.com, by ModernThirst, I found that the mash bill is 75% corn, 20% wheat, and 5% malted barley. Aged in new oak barrels with a #3 char. This makes it a wheater – a bourbon where the second largest component of the mash bill is wheat (instead of the more traditional rye.) 40% ABV/80 proof.
Heaven Hill makes many well known bourbons such as Elijah Craig, Evan Williams, Fighting Cock, Henry McKenna, J.W. Dant, Larceny, Old Fitzgerald, and Parkers Heritage Collection. It would be negligent not to sample all of their offerings. So when a friend offered me one, I of course obliged!
Many people I had spoken to had really disliked it, but what are comparing it to? Rebel Yell is not the best bourbon: my preferred flavor profile has toffee or butterscotch notes, or perhaps a citrus edge (like Four Roses.) Rebel Yell didn’t have what I normally go for, but it wasn’t so bad. It is what it says it is – a cheap, everyday bourbon, with a flavor that reminded me of Old Grand Dad 80 proof. (Although OGD was better.) But when you get 1.75 liters for $23 bucks, it’s hard to go wrong. Would make a great well-whiskey for serving mixed drinks.
What you want to ask at this point is, what are the other Heaven Hill bourbons like? Check out our reviews of Elijah Craig, Larceny, Old Ezra 7 Year, Rebel Yell Root Beer Whiskey, and Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled-in-Bond.