This bourbon was released to celebrate the life of Elmer T. Lee. He was a long time employee of Buffalo Trace Distillery who made it from engineer up to being distillery manager.
Officially he retired in 1985, but never really stopped coming to work, according to the stories.
He passed away in 2013, at the age of 93. After that, this bourbon was released. I was lucky enough to get a sample as part of the Fiddler’s Advent Calendar last December.
Lots of corn, slightly bitter oak and almonds, cherry stones, lots of oak too. Cherry and honey after a while. Becomes more sweet after some time.
Far drier than I expected, with quite a lot of bitter notes. Almonds, cherry stones. Tree bark, oak, pink peppercorns.
A long finish that continues the dry and bitter notes. The cherry lingers longest, with some almond paste.
This is a stellar bourbon. It’s not overly sweet and offers a lot of layers and intensity. I love the bitter notes that are present in it. If this truly is the standard set by Elmer T. Lee, I might have to get my hands on some of the other Elmer T. Lee bottlings!