Top 20 Whiskies of 2017

#12 • Rebel Yell 10 year old (Barrel 5043515)

  • Rank: 12
  • Year: 2017
  • Score: 92
  • Price: $60
  • ABV: 50%
  • Style: Straight Bourbon
  • Place of Origin: Kentucky

Availability and quality are two words that you don’t often hear in conjunction with new American whiskeys. But Rebel Yell 10 year old Single Barrel scores on both counts. The 2017 release presents stellar caramel and vanilla notes, then pure bliss, striking powerful mouth-coating notes of crème brûlée with a beautiful pecan pie note on the finish.

Since these are single barrels, flavors may vary by bottle; no two barrels yield identical flavors. However, Rebel Yell 10 year old has come pretty close to a house style, and that sort of consistent excellence in a single barrel whiskey is an achievement in itself. Did we mention it’s available? —Fred Minnick