Elmer T Lee Bourbon
90 proof "Rye Recipe" Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Medium gold in color; the nose brings notes of butterscotch, clover, vanilla and old leather. The big body bears a palate with an almost wine-like character that balances intense fruits, honey and vanilla with a light spiciness that shows off the distiller's craft. The finish is long and warm. "Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Sour Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey has a delicious,nectar-like silkiness,and a wonderful smoothness. I first tasted this bourbon neat. It has an aroma of fresh squeezed oranges, and a taste of almonds,with a background of homemade caramel. I then added 1/4 ounce of water to 1 1/2 ounces of Elmer T.Lee. This mixture tasted not of chocolate,but more of a dusting of cocoa powder. A wonderful drink." -Rated 4 Stars, Alcohol Reviews
About Elmer T. Lee:
Elmer T. Lee was born in 1919 on a tobacco farm near Peaks Mill in Franklin County, Kentucky. Elmer's father, Ernest T., died of typhoid fever in 1931. His mother relocated Elmer and his brother, Harrison, to Frankfort, where she worked to support the family and educate the boys. Elmer graduated from Frankfort High School in 1936 and worked for Jarman Shoe Company until December 1941. He then served with the U. S. Army Air Force during World War II as a radar bombardier on a B-29. After flying missions against Japan through 1945, Elmer was honorably discharged in January 1946. He returned home and studied engineering at the University of Kentucky, where he graduated with honors in 1949. In September 1949 Elmer began working in the engineering department of the George T. Stagg Distillery in Frankfort. In 1966, Elmer was promoted to plant superintendent, responsible for all plant operations and reporting to the plant manager. 1n 1969, he became plant manager. Elmer retired in 1985 but continues to serve as ambassador for Buffalo Trace, educating the world on the unique qualities of Kentucky's bourbon whiskey. It was in 1984 that Elmer introduced the single-barrel bourbon concept to the world with Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon, named in honor of Col. Albert B. Blanton. Elmer is known throughout the industry for his expertise and knowledge of bourbon whiskey and has received numerous awards and recognition. Among these was his induction into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2001 and his receipt of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Malt Advocate Magazine in 2002. He is also one of only three living master distillers who have a bourbon named after them.