Elmer T. Lee is a single barrel bourbon from Buffalo Trace Distillery. It takes it’s namesake from Elmer T. Lee, a former Master Distiller at Buffalo Trace. Despite the fact that Elmer Lee no longer oversees all of Buffalo Trace’s operations, it is said that he still personally selects the barrels that are used to age Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon. Like Eagle Rare 10 year Single Barrel, Elmer T. Lee is bottled at 90 proof and is reasonably priced (usually under $30 a bottle).
On the nose, Elmer T. Lee is sweet with maple and vanilla, all held together well with a backbone of rye spices. There are some light citrus notes that come up as the whiskey sits in the open air for a few minutes. The palate begins as zesty, with some citrus and floral tones, but it quickly fills out with caramel, maple sugar, and vanilla. The back of the palate picks up some rye spice as the whiskey finishes its journey. The finish is deliciously sweet, mostly from rich notes of caramel and maple sugars. There is also some peppery, drying oak that comes up now and again.
Overall, Elmer T. Lee continues the fine tradition of great value whiskeys from Buffalo Trace. This is a delicious single barrel bourbon. The flavor profile reminds me a lot of Blanton’s Original, although Elmer T. Lee is nearly half the price of Blanton’s, making it the much better buy. My grade: B-/B. Price: $25-30/750ml. This is a good sippin’ whiskey, worth keeping on your shelf as often as you can.