Friday, January 1, 2016

Elmer T. Lee Bourbon

Elmer T. Lee joined the George T. Stagg (Buffalo Trace) Distillery in 1949. Working as a maintenance engineer, he quickly rose through the ranks, becoming Plant Manager and Master Distiller. He is credited with introducing the world’s first single-barrel bourbon, Blanton's. After retiring in 1985, he was commemorated with his own single-barrel namesake. He took part in hand selected the barrels of Elmer T. Lee until 2013, when he passed away at the age of 93. While he is no longer with us, his contributions to the bourbon industry will live on forever. 

-No Age Statement, rumored 7-10 years old
-90 proof
-Buffalo Trace Mash Bill #2
-Price: $35

Nose: Initial notes of citrus are followed by sweet aromas of maple, honey and vanilla. This balanced elegantly by a subtle spice and toasted oak.

Taste: Rich and deep. The mouthfeel is extremely chewy. Very sweet with vanilla, caramel, and toffee, but balanced with a gentle mix of rye spice, black pepper, and cinnamon.

Finish: Moderate in length. Smooth, with a sweet and spicy dryness.  

Conclusion: This is honestly a bourbon unlike any other. When compared to other bourbons from Buffalo Trace Mashbill #2- Blantons, Rock Hill Farms, Hancocks Reserve- this is by far my favorite. Elmer T Lee single barrel has a lot of character without the rough edges. It's a delicious bourbon that is also a great value.  

My Rating: A (Great)


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