• Seth

Elmer T. Lee Bourbon Review

I'd pay double retail for this, if only I could find it more frequently.

Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Single Barrel Sour Mash

Distillery: Buffalo Trace

Proof: 90

Age: NAS

Price Paid: $44.99


Light bronze


This is a syrupy nose. It reminds me of honeysuckle in Georgia. You get a whiff of the alcohol, but it's not at all overpowering so it allows you to fully dive in. There's vanilla, not much caramel, and just a hint of honey. I smell a lot of oak, which I didn't expect.


This is sweet and delicious. There are some fruity notes going on which pair well with the oak and vanilla. The burn is muted, or at least delayed, which really lets you get all the sweet notes throughout the sip. The taste really has me thinking about dried fruits, which is not something I've found in a lot of other bourbons. The rye is definitely present, but it's not overpowering the way it is on some bourbons. This is one of the smoothest, easiest drinkers I've had. There's not a single note that's out of place or unbalanced. I'm confident that my friends who still want a splash of coke with their bourbon would enjoy this one neat, but it's got enough going on that more seasoned whiskey drinkers will appreciate it as well.


The finish here is difficult to describe. The burn fades quickly, but it leaves your mouth tingling for quite a while. Any harshness is gone almost immediately, but the other notes linger and linger and linger some more. Like with the palate, this is a finish that can be enjoyed by anybody.


This is a really solid bourbon, and I'm not at all surprised to see this in the cabinets of whiskey drinkers of all levels and preferences. It seems to have something for just about any palate, and it's as drinkable as bourbon gets. I will always buy this any time I come across it, whether that's at MSRP, at MSRP + 50% or even a bit beyond that. I've spent a whole lot more than $45 on bourbons not half as good as this.