Elmer T. Lee does get shipped to Oklahoma, but somehow it has managed to evade us…until now. Good thing I’ve got friends in high places, well, geographically more north than me anyway. I ended up trading one of my paintings for this Bourbon and a couple of Cantillons. So, it’s quite the win/win situation. Thanks, Evan, you’re the best-est!
We’ve reviewed a ton of Buffalo Trace stuff if you’re interested in any of that.
And, here’s a little background on the Elmer T. Lee: He started working a Buffalo Trace after this infamous comment from Col. Albert B. Blanton, “Son, we’re not hiring any hands today.” Well, Lee went back a week later and was hired as a maintenance engineer and eventually worked his way up to Master Distiller. In 1984, Lee created a special single barrel bottle to honor Blanton, and eventually was honored with his own single barrel. This one. Let’s check this bad boy out.
Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
Location: Frankfort, KY
Mash Bill: Buffalo Trace Mash bill #2, which is the high rye mash bill. Bourbonr once again does an amazing job of breaking all that down for you.
ABV: 45% (90 proof)
Color: Honey golden blonde.
Nose: Floral, earthy, grassy, sweet cinnamon, brown sugar, and peppercorns. The upfront nose is so earthy and grassy to me with the sweetness coming in at the end. The longer it sits the heavier and sweeter it smells.
Taste: Tastes like it smells. Very earthy and sweet with cinnamon. It’s got some bitterness, a slightly sour flavor, but it’s nice. It’s lightly sweet almost like a slightly burned refined sugar sweetness. Like when you put just a teaspoon of white sugar in your coffee, that kind of burnt sweetness. (Side note: You should try brown sugar in your coffee cause that’s the bomb, y’all.) I digressed a bit there. Hello finish!
Finish: Medium finish that is slightly bitter and oaky. Lingers a bit but not too long and leaves your throat warm. Burnt sugar finish.
Overall: This has a lot of different flavors going on even though it leans more towards the bitter side for me, personally. It’s still really good, I haven’t met a Bourbon I don’t like, well, except for Troy & Sons, but that may have been bad bottle. It’s a great Bourbon for a fairly decent price and if you see it on a shelf don’t hesitate to buy it. Plus, the bottle has some hand grooves/dents on the side I really like. Nice to hold while pouring.
Moral of the story: Will trade art for booze. Oh, and Elmer is good. Cheers.