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Elmer T. Lee, now 90 years old, is a 50 year experienced Master Distiller Emeritus at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky. He is said to have personally selected the barrels from which the Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel bourbons derive. Other Buffalo Trace Single Barrel bourbons include Blanton's, Eagle Rare, Hancock's President's Reserve, and Rock Hill Farms. There is no age statement on the bottle, nor is there a reference number for the barrel of origin. Most online speculation is that the age of Elmer T. Lee bourbon is at least 10 years. The mashbill is listed as the Buffalo Trace high rye mashbill.
Nose: moderate intensity of honey, peaches, citrus, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves.
Taste: Very spicy and very sweet. All of the flavours from the nose are in abundance on the palate. There is also vanilla, caramel, and oak.
Finish: a rather long finish with the spices exiting first to leave gentle caramel and oak flavours.
Balance: Even though this is a single barrel product with the potential individual barrel variability introduced by that choice, I have never heard anyone comment on this bourbon who did not like it-- a lot! Many, including me, consider this one of the very best bourbons available in its price range, and a fantastic value for the money. If you like big spicy and big sweet together in your bourbon, you will like this a lot.