Rebel Yell Small Batch Rye Whiskey is a Straight Rye Whiskey bottled at 45% abv. The mashbill is rye grain, corn and malt (around 85% rye). The rye component lends a spicy rye flavor with enough backbone to stand up to classic cocktails. As a Straight Rye Whiskey, Rebel Yell Small Batch Reserve Rye Whiskey has to be aged for a minimum of 2 years. This is distilled and aged for 24 months in barrel in Indiana prior to bottling in St Louis, Missouri. So it is a pretty well traveled spirit! Only produced in limited quantities.
Rebel Yell can trace its history back to 1849 when the Rebel yell recipe was created, along with many other famous bourbons, at the famous Stitzel-Weller distillery. The W L Weller family were the first distillers to produce Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey using wheat instead of rye in the mash bill. The distillery managed to survive prohibition and Rebel Yell was first registered as a brand in 1936.
The “Rebel Yell” was a war cry used by Confederate soldiers to instill fear while engaged in battle during the American Civil War. It was also used as a chant of victory or a moral booster, General “Stonewall” Jackson was once quoted as saying “that’s the most beautiful sound in the world”. I can’t help thinking of Billy Idol!