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Elmer T. Lee

Ah yes, Elmer T. Lee, another hype-bourbon from good ‘ol Buffalo Trace Distillery. Most have heard of it, and, even though it is significantly easier to come by than the coveted Van Winkle line, it is still just difficult enough to get one’s hands on that it is one of those “buy it when you see it” for E.T. Lee fans across the nation. But does it leave you grinning like the rough-sketch visage of Mr. Lee himself that decorates the inside of the bottle, or does it leave you not quite buying into the hype?

Spirit Info:

  • Distillery: Buffalo Trace Distillery
  • Spirit: Bourbon
  • Aged: Unmarked
  • Proof: 90
  • Purchase Price: $49.99

Nose: Sweet scents of butterscotch, rose-petal, clover, and vanilla give way to a nice lemony undertone. Nice and light.

Palate: Crisp and refreshing. Burnt vanilla, dried orange, honey, and vanilla come and go in equal measures.

Body: Light and simple with a little warmth that I’d scarcely call “heat.”

Afterglow: Vanilla crème brulee, dried fruit, flower, and a slight touch of oak fade pleasantly away.

Conclusion: It is a good pour. Balanced and sweet it would most likely appeal to those looking for a crisp and refreshing pour with simple notes rather than a bolder more complex whiskey. This is something I would pour for someone just entering into the whiskey world as well as experienced whiskey fans. The problem isn’t that it’s expensive to buy, but that it’s sometimes hard to find at retail. Harder to find at retail means that local bars usually increase the price heavily. I’d recommend waiting until you can buy one at retail or at a decent price to try rather than jumping on an inflated pour.

Grade: B

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