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

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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.

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This bottle has 17 ratings and 15 reviews.
Cranecreek Cranecreek (221)
Rating: 5.0 (2017-01-03)
What a fantastic nose on this bourbon. Intense butterscotch with endless complexity! I get more nose in the way of leather, golden raisin, and marinated peaches. Yes- "Peach" with baking spices and coconut! I could actually just put this into a snifter and just enjoy the aroma without taking a sip! Well maybe.. this is dangerously good stuff and although not all the nose is evident in the taste it is very very good. It is not what I classify as a "Fireplace Bourbon" as it does not have the dark fruit or high spice aspects but it is so tasty and enjoyable. Not peppery or hot. If you need ice or dilution just a little is plenty as to not wash out the subtle tastes. This is the first bottle I have ever ran into and given the hype behind it I did not expect it to be this good, Plus it is single barrel to boot ! Impressive indeed.
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  • - Muncher up voted your review on 2017-01-28.

  • - BDanner up voted your review on 2017-01-28.

  • - chumppunk up voted your review on 2017-01-06.

  • - KaiserSoze up voted your review on 2017-01-04.

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Review Comments
KaiserSoze (2017-01-04):
Glad you liked it, but given how delicious it is, I would have been surprised if you thought differently! I think it’s the big heaps of butterscotch on the nose and palate, and that long, full/rich finish that does it for me. I just wish it wasn’t so hard to find anymore!

BDanner (2017-01-28):
I still haven't opened my bottle yet, but seeing the likes of Cranecreek, Muncher, and the Kaiser giving it 5 stars really gets my hopes up.

KaiserSoze KaiserSoze (277)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-10-12)
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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  • - Cranecreek up voted your review on 2016-12-27.

  • - BDanner up voted your review on 2016-11-02.

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Review Comments
BDanner (2016-11-02):
Found a bottle of this today at a store I rarely frequent. Went for $38. Review to come.

KaiserSoze (2016-11-02):
I don't have a "favorite" bourbon. That's like asking me to choose my favorite movie or favorite song. But I enjoy Elmer T Lee as much as anything I've ever tried. When I first got into Bourbon, this was $33 and readily available at my local supermarket. Now, it's next to impossible to find. Glad you were able to get a bottle.

Cranecreek (2016-12-27):
What a find today-1 bottle on the shelf,the first i have ever seen, had to have a pour and it was alot like JB single barrel or the bulleit 10 year. Very good and review will come in a bit.

Cranecreek (2017-01-04):
I certainly agree with your review-I also can say it is among the best bourbons I've had. Will be curious to see if BD has the same thoughts.

chumppunk (2017-01-06):
One of my favorites. On my palate, the flavor keeps changing from sweet to savory, then back again. The finish isn't particularly long, but it is extremely satisfying. In my neck of the woods, it disappears so quickly that you have to have an "in" with the store manager to get a bottle.

uvachief@yahoo.com uvachief@yahoo.com (15)
Rating: 5.0 (2016-08-08)
One of the best bourbons you can buy under $40. Soon to be limited availability and purchase by lottery only. The nose brings notes of clover, vanilla, and old leather. The flavor balances fruit, honey and vanilla with a light spiciness. A long and warm finish. Excellent
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Gammonator Gammonator (20)
Rating: 4.0 (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 (36)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-12-07)
Smooth with sweet caramel apple notes.
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tdwester tdwester (20)
Rating: 5.0 (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)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-11-13)
Smooth and very nice.
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Muncher Muncher (607)
Rating: 5.0 (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.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • - Cranecreek up voted your review on 2017-01-03.

  • - KaiserSoze up voted your review on 2016-12-29.

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gatomax gatomax (8)
Rating: 5.0 (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 (68)
Rating: 3.0 (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 (73)
Rating: 4.0 (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 (2)
Rating: 4.0 (2013-08-19)
Excellent smooth sipping bourbon.
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Phizbin Phizbin (369)
Rating: 3.0 (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 (81)
Rating: 5.0 (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 (329)
Rating: 4.0 (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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  • - lgentry up voted your review on 2014-03-02.

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