American Whiskey - Bourbon

Elmer T. Lee Sour Mash Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

From: Kentucky, United States Liquor Review Category: Bourbon American Whiskey

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Tier 2
This is a Tier 2 score in the Whiskey category. It means critics have highly recommended the spirit as a benchmark in the category.
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Awards

San Francisco World Spirits Competition

  • 2008
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013

Beverage Testing Institute

  • This bottle has not been rated by this competition.

Wine Enthusiast

  • 2010

Proof66 Notes

Elmer T. Lee bourbon is one of the bourbons produced by Buffalo Trace in Kentucky, which operates the Ancient Age Distillery listed on the bottle. It is a single barrel bourbon, meaning it was bottled from a specific barrel rather than a blend of several. It is named for Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Elmer Tandy Lee. One can see a video of the master distillery discussing his bourbon at the website for Buffalo Trace Distillery website.

One doesn't often think of buffalo in Kentucky but the distillery takes its name from the buffalo path (or "trace") that led to the banks of the Kentucky River in Franklin County. Buffalo Trace Distillery takes pride in the limestone water (being notably free of iron) and good soil conditions for grain. The site has had a working distillery since 1787 but the official Buffalo Trace first began operation in 1857. It obtained one of only four permits offered during Prohibition to maintain production for "medicinal purposes." Today, the distillery sits on a picturesque 119 acres and produces several labels of bourbon.
Buffalo Trace was namedDistillery of the Year by the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. It was named a national historic landmark in 2013.

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This bottle has 16 ratings and 14 reviews.
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Gammonator Gammonator (17) (2016-01-11)
Getting harder to find a bottle in Idaho but it very smooth, I think its a high wheat recipe. Glad I got a bottle but wouldnt repeat buying another.
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Spezbaby Spezbaby (39) (2015-12-07)
Smooth with sweet caramel apple notes.
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tdwester tdwester (10) (2015-11-25)
An absolute great bourbon. If you have a friend that is a huge scotch fan have them try this, has a lot of the same qualities as a speyside but still giving you those classic bourbon notes.
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epiate epiate (2) (2015-11-13)
Smooth and very nice.
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KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (125) (2015-10-22)
I simply can't get enough of this bourbon! Absolutely superb! Very rich and robust flavor. But the finish is where this really shines. I get a pecan pie flavor that just never ends. Price continues to rise and is becoming harder and harder to find. If you see this bourbon, buy it!
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Muncher Muncher (263) (2015-01-17)
Excellent bourbon; one of the most balanced that I've had. It has all the characteristics that I like in an American whiskey (honeyed sweetness, oak, vanilla, cinnamon, tobacco, hint of pepper) and nothing that I don't like. I can't find a single little thing I'd change about this whiskey. It's hard to find (for me at least) so buy it if you see it.
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gatomax gatomax (7) (2014-04-07)
My review is of a Twin Liquors (Texas ) select bottling and Ive polished off three over the course of two years. In a way, its a double select, once by the honorable Mr. Lee and then by Twin Liquors. I love it! Its super smooth, almost like a wheat whiskey, but enough spice comes through to give it a fair degree of complexity. Tasty and great neat in a quality whiskey glass.
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Edith MaGoo Edith MaGoo (55) (2014-03-09)
I'd give it 3.5 stars. It's mot bad at all. Pretty smooth with a slight aftertaste. It's better than any Jim Beam product I've had. Better than Eagle Rare. I'd think for $30, you could do better (buffalo trace or four roses). Still not disappointing at all though.
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derkerderr derkerderr (70) (2014-03-04)
I experienced a lot of sweetness upon my first taste followed by a little bitterness after swallowing. A solid bourbon.
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puno puno (3) (2013-08-19)
Excellent smooth sipping bourbon.
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Phizbin Phizbin (204) (2013-07-22)
I picked up a bottle to commemorate the passing of Elmer T Lee this year in 2013. It's a very good bourbon... it has a strong oak finish and a nice rye kick. But it's also a little mild on the palate for me. I think this is a great choice for almost anyone first getting into whiskey or a fan of lighter whiskey. But for me, I like a little more robust flavor in the glass. People who like Basil Hayden will love this.
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bdehoog bdehoog (73) (2012-11-20)
Very woodsy high oak whiskey that is best straight. complex and evolves on the palate. if adding water then wait a bit for the flavors to mellow and you may taste a slightly minty character. cooked corn. decent price. attractive bottle.
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ChrisCarlsson ChrisCarlsson (326) (2010-08-28)
This is where all my troubles began... This was my first single barrel bourbon after years of drinking mass produced bourbons. There is a term "Gateway Drug" meaning the one you get started on, innocently enough before. . . In a entirely different POSITIVE way this is a Gateway Bourbon. . .The difference betwwen this and the mass produced bourbons is immense. For just a few dollars more, it introduces you to the true possibilities of what bourbon can be and leaves you hungering for all the other ones out there. Beware! It is an outstanding value, and I give a personal recommendation to try.
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