I had the pleasure of joining a wonderful blind taste test of 8 bourbons, set up by a New England blogger, The Bourbon Quest. Had a great night there with people who really got what the hobby is all about. No label snobs, we had fun with eight bourbons – whiskeys that ranged from $20 to $150 per bottle, just for the love and fun of it.
Yet after the tasting, Brandon was kind enough to open a few bottles from his man-cave. He was kind enough to share a generous sample of Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Sour Mash, a well known straight bourbon made in Frankfort, Kentucky from Buffalo Trace Distillers (Sazerac Company.) It’s named after famed Master Distiller Elmer T. Lee, who left us back in 2013.
45% ABV/90 Proof. No age statement. Likely between 10 to 12 years old. Aged in barrels with char #4.
Uses the Buffalo Trace #2 mashbill: More than 51% corn, 12% to 15% rye, and then the rest is barley.
Nose: warm, honey, sweet, faint hint of cocoa
Palate: Delicious – this again shows why #2 is my favorite Buffalo Trace mash bill (also found in Ancient Age, Blanton’s, and Rock Hill Farms.) Classic maple and caramel flavors. Well aged, but not too woody. A faint hint of a cherry-like flavor, similar to Old Weller Antique – perhaps made with the same yeast strain? And this bourbon has a nice lingering finish. For a review of another bourbon made with mash bill #2 see Rock Hill Farms Bourbon, reviewed by Brandon LaVack.
Also visit The Bourbon Quest – Facebook
To learn nore about Elmer T. Lee see this video