Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Sour Mash Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
$25 to $30
What the Distillery Says:
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.
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.
What Richard Says:
Nose: Buttery toffee, vanilla, and cinnamon.
Palate: More of a honey drizzled over cornbread sweetness with vanilla cream, stone fruits, and a black pepper back.
Finish: Initial pepper spice and cocoa powder smoothing out in to oak and leather slowly fading away.
Comments: A great bourbon at a great price. The quality of recent Elmers I’ve had were not on the same level as what I feel it used to be. However, there are a number of private selections of Elmer T Lee out there and I find that some of these are truly exceptional. Since it is a single barrel bourbon it really is up to the barrel you get your bottle from. That said, there is an overall profile for the brand and the various bottlings don’t vary THAT much. Even still, if you do get a great bottle you may want to go back and buy a few more from the same source. There’s no guarantee subsequent barrels will be on par with that bottle you loved.
Rating: Stands Out