Elmer T. Lee Bourbon was introduced in 1992 by Ancient Age Distillery (now Buffalo Trace Distillery).
The whiskey is named after legendary master distiller, who started working at the distillery in 1949 and retired in 1985 with the title Master Distiller Emeritus. A native Kentuckian, Elmer worked with famed distiller Albert B. Blanton, one of his last actions as master distiller was to introduce Blanton’s, the first single barrel bourbon brand. Elmer T. Lee personally selected barrels for his namesake bourbon for about ten years; he passed away on July 16, 2013 at the age of 93. However still produced at Buffalo Trace Distillery the brand is currently owned by the Japanese company Age International.
Nose: roasted grains, vanilla, toffee, honey, cocoa powder, dried apricots, mixed dried herbs, hints of leather and oak.
Palate: cornflakes, vanilla custard, butterscotch, prunes, cherries, peaches, nutmeg, white pepper and delicate oaky and herbal notes.
Finish: medium long, with notes of summer fruit, vanilla, nutmeg, dash of pepper and oak.