Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye Review

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye Review

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye is a 2 year MGP rye bottled by Luxco. How do I know that it’s a MGP rye? Because – shock and awe – they actually followed the TTB labeling guidelines and put “Distilled and Aged in Indiana Bottled by Rebel Yell Distillery” and MGP is the Indiana based source for rye whiskey. Being a MGP rye I was pretty sure I knew what I was in for without even cracking the bottle open… but I’m glad I did.

It’s a bit sweeter and rounder than Bulleit rye, which is probably the most well known MGP rye on the market these days (unless you count the liars at Templeton that is). Despite being only 2 years old it has a nicely developed flavor and aroma that might be lacking depth, but is bold and solid. The more well developed young ryes I try the more I’m convinced of the words of Frtiz Maytag “You are all going to discover the beauty of young rye whiskey”.

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye Info

Region: Indiana, USA

Distiller: MGP
Bottler: Luxco
Mashbill: 95% rye, 5% malt
Age: 2 years
ABV: 45%

Price: $27*

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye Review

EYE
Toasted bread

NOSE
Oily dilly rye spice and citrus come through first accompanied by a dark candy sweetness and a bit of an herbal nature. It’s not deep or complex, but it’s nice.

PALATE
Rye spice, dill, citrus, caramel and a sugar cookie sweetness with a touch of vanilla. The palate is a bit more complex and well rounded than the nose and I’m a bit surprised at how well developed this is for it’s youth.

FINISH
Medium fade of rye spice, dill and sweetness that fades to a dry saw dust like flavor.

BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Good balance, medium body and a smooth texture.

OVERALL
Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye is a young MGP rye and if Willett has taught us anything it’s that young ryes can be tasty and this one fits that profile. It’s not very deep or complex, but what’s there is nice and falls in line with other MGP ryes on the market, but with one noticeable difference… it’s priced cheaper. There’s not much else to say about it; it’s a cheap young MGP rye and there’s nothing wrong with that.

SCORE: 82/100

*Disclosure: This bottle of Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye was graciously sent to me by the company for the purposes of this review. The views, opinions, and tasting notes are 100% my own.
Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye Review -
  • Nose - 82
  • Palate - 84
  • Finish - 80
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 82

Value

Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye is a great value, especially when you consider that Bulleit is priced a few bucks higher, but doesn’t taste a whole lot better.

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4 Responses to Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye Review

  1. Thanks for finding this one. I’ve been looking for a MGP rye sold at a good price and honesty about the source. This stuff is fine on the rocks and it’s good in an old fashion. Tasty stuff, I say it’s an 86.

  2. My daughter introduced this to me when she was in Chicago over a year ago. It is now one of my favorites along with Bulleit Rye, Templeton Rye, and Sazerac Rye.

    Nice review. I think it accurately portrays this rye.

    • Cheers Jeff. Templeton, Bulleit and this all come from the same place, MGP, so that all makes perfect sense. The Sazerac Rye is awesome and if since you like the MGP rye I’d recommend trying the George Dickel Rye. They put it through a charcoal filter before bottling that, to me, gives it an even more rounded character.

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