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.


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


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.


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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