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Rebel Yell is a wheated bourbon from Kentucky. Matured in charred white oak barrels. Famous brand in the South of USA, at least in the "old South."
Behind the name is a Confederate war cry but this bourbon whiskey also was an inspiration for Billy Idol making an album and a hit song named Rebel Yell.
The former Generation X front man was introduced to Rebel Yell in Mick Jagger's birthday party held by Ronnie Wood.
After some "reviews" from my friends, I was expecting a dreadful dram. Fortunately Rebel Yell managed to surprise me. Not great but a decent bourbon, especially for the price (19 euros for a litre).
Nose: Honey with oak, caramel and vanilla. Pleasant nose, not harsh in any way.
Taste: Honey and caramel and some exotic fruits. Nectarine being the main fruit. Smooth and simple.
Finish: Warming and smooth with oak and sweet fruits.
Balance: Surprisingly mellow and sweet bourbon whiskey. Decent choice for those on a budget.