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Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon




Whiskey Review: Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon

Tasting Notes:

A high-wheat style bourbon aged six years and bottled at 100 proof.
The whiskey inside the glass is a warm, moderate amber color, showcasing solid-quality legs and decent viscosity.
The more sweet aspects of the corn/wheat mash combination appear most notably on the nose, with just a tiny hint of spice hanging around. This is all driven by smells of vanilla, oak, syrupy cherries, wet grass, a bit of blackberry, and an undercurrent of brown sugar.
Overall, the mouthfeel of this 6-year wheated bourbon is pretty well structured, with decent vanilla and oak notes playing in the front. There are also back notes of baked bread, coriander, dark cherries, and a nudge of plums.
This finishes with little fanfare, quietly finding its way through the back throat into a shorter end.
Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon is respectable for what it is and what it offers as a wheat-friendly bourbon, but it doesn’t reinvent the wheel in terms of quality. It fits into a pack of similar-tasting whiskeys somewhere in the middle – neither outstanding nor dead weight.
Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon
We review Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon, a high-wheat style bourbon aged six years and bottled at 100 proof. (image via Lux Row Distillers)

Editor’s Note: We received a review sample of this whiskey from the brand. However, in accordance with our editorial policies, this has not influenced the outcome of our review in any way.

The Rebel brand of American whiskey, which today includes both bourbon and rye, is known for having a strong following due to the bourbon’s high use of wheat as the secondary grain type. Originally developed as a brand at Stitzel-Weller in Kentucky in the 1930s, it transitioned in time through various hands, ultimately landing in the hands of MGP when it acquired its parent company, Luxco, in 2021. Today, it is managed by Luxco’s Lux Row Distillers group.

Rebel, once known as Rebel Yell, has seen a general upmarket movement from its once-budget whiskey ways. Several variations of it exist these days, with one of the most recent being Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon, which is being reviewed here.

What’s in the bottle

Rebel 100 6-Year Bourbon is one of a handful of age-statement expressions under the Rebel line-up. This one is aged six years and bottled at 100 proof. Pricing is $59.99 per 750 ml bottle.

“Rebel 100 6-Year demonstrates that age is never a bad thing,” said Lux Row Distillers Master Distiller John Rempe at the time of its release. “The combination of spotlighting our original recipe and aging it for six years resulted in a rich and rebellious, full flavor bourbon that I think will resonate with consumers. Six years is a long time to wait, but the wait was worth it.”

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Nino Kilgore-Marchetti

Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and provided tasting input on many whiskeys at competitions. He also maintains a large private collection of whiskey from which he continually educates his palate on this brown spirit type.

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