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Elmer T Lee is produced by the good people of Buffalo Trace in Frankfort, Kentucky. It is a small batch single barrel bourbon named after Buffalo Trace’s former master distiller, who took up this role in 1949. Elmer T Lee was one of the first to use larger quantities of rye than was usual for bourbon.
The nose is sweet on vanilla and butterscotch, a bit dry on leather and oak. Something that reminds me of nuts in the mix. The butterscotch evolves towards creamy toffee. Green garden herbs. Rather light, but well balanced.
It is creamy and fruity on the palate. Think apricots, citrus, oranges and honey. Toffee returns. Quite a bit, in fact. This is rather fresh. Loads of vanilla, but also toasted oak that delivers quite a few spices.
The spicy finish is somewhat short and drying.
Easy drinking bourbon, that much is clear. And very friendly priced (around 35 EUR).