Elmer T. Lee Bourbon Adds Commemorative Edition Honoring His Legacy - The Whiskey Wash

Elmer T. Lee Bourbon Adds Commemorative Edition Honoring His Legacy

By Nino Marchetti / April 15, 2014

elmercommbourbonAmong bourbon whiskey greats, Elmer T. Lee holds a special place. This former master distiller at Buffalo Trace Distillery worked a 36 year career before retiring in 1985. He remained active with the distillery before his death in 2013, however, not only traveling the world as an ambassador for the brand but also selecting barrels for his own namesake single barrel bourbon Buffalo Trace allowed him to tinker with. Now, to honor his passing at age 93, a special commemorative edition Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon is being released.

This limited edition bourbon, the distillery said, was bottled at 93 proof to reflect how old Lee was when he went to that great distillery in the sky. “Selected from the same warehouse floors which Elmer liked to find his ‘honey’ barrels for his namesake Bourbon, the commemorative edition is packaged in the same square bottle as the standard Elmer T. Lee, but with an upscale black label with gold embossed lettering bearing Elmer’s signature. His distinctive profile adorns the front of the label while the back label details of Elmer’s life and his legacy.”

Tasting notes are much the same as the regular single barrel expression, which on the nose hints of “clover, vanilla, and old leather. The flavor balances fruit, honey and vanilla with a light spiciness” before finishing long and warm. Priced at around $35, profits from its sale “will go to local VFW Post 4075, in which Elmer was active until the end.”