Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Sour Mash: Review

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45% alcohol/Vol 90 Proof, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Our state doesn’t always get the greatest number of allocated bourbons, so I considered myself very lucky to find this in a local shop at $35 sticker price.  (I had to trade to get my bottle in 2016.)  I was a little disappointed in the 2016 batch, it had more earthiness than I was expecting.  Regardless of not having the best first dance, I was still pumped to give 2017 Elmer T. Lee a chance.  This year I had a completely different experience, I was finally able to see what the fuss is about.  I can see how this would be someone’s favorite bourbon and why it’s always so highly sought after.

Appearance:

The coloring is a beautiful dark honey.  The legs on the glass are long to fade, like cherished memories.

Nose:

More of that seductive honey along with undertones of syrup and vanilla, like a bumble bee carrying a vanilla bean to a pancake breakfast in a field of flowers. This is a lighter proof single barrel bourbon at 90, so there are few overwhelming alcohol scents.

Taste:

The taste is of maple and pepperwood smoked raisins that are almost candied.  The finish adds other wonderful layers of dry leathered tobacco with a touch of sweet oak.  I now understand why this line carries the name of one of Buffalo Trace’s best master distillers, and it really lives up to its reputation.

Rating: 🥃🥃🥃🥃

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