Elmer T Lee
Distillery: Buffalo Trace
From The Distiller: “Named after Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, this whiskey is hand selected and bottled to the taste and standards of Elmer T. Lee himself. Perfectly balanced and rich, as declared by the man who knows how great bourbon should taste.”
Whiskey Culture Review
The nose, similar to other Buffalo Trace products, has a notes of ethanol in the nose. However, nice notes of baked apples, floral, winter spices, and toffee bleed through readily. The palate has nice notes of honey-like sweetness, wheated oak, cedar, burnt vanilla, soap, toffee, and oats. The finish is medium-long and ends on a nice floral sweet-and-spicy note.
We enjoyed it a lot. However, we found it close to retail. If you can find it under $60, we wouldn’t hesitate to pick a bottle up. However, at the time of this review it is extremely allocated and is incredibly difficult to find, meaning many stores are gouging to capitalize on the craze. We’ve seen it go for up to $170+. As much as we liked this pour, we couldn’t justify buying it over $100 from the standpoint of taste alone.
Greg Sinadinos started his spirits journey writing a whiskey periodical for Fine Tobacco NYC Magazine. He began answering review requests under a social media page he named “Whiskey Culture,” which quickly merged with Greg’s passion for connecting with others and his interest in history.
Today, Greg travels the country not just looking for great whiskey, but also exploring the history and individuals that the whiskey community is founded upon. He has authored “Whiskey History From Around The World” and is the host of “The Rickhouse” web series.