He’s back! Long awaited and much anticipated, Elmer T. Lee has returned to store shelves, even if it’s just for a short while. Today, The Bourbon Guys were fortunate enough to lay our hands on a bottle of 1919-2013 Elmer T. Lee, Single Barrel, Sour Mash, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey! A commemorative, limited edition, this offering comes in at 93 proof (in honor of Elmer’s 93 years spent making this world a better place), slightly higher than the traditional Elmer T. Lee. At just a couple of dollars more than its 90 proof brother, 1919-2013 is worthy of a far higher price tag.
Bourbon Name: 1919-2013 Elmer T. Lee
Distiller: Buffalo Trace
Age: No Age Statement
Color: Young Aged Copper
Nose: Rich with vanilla and caramel, the bold nose is laced with elements of butter and honey.
Taste: Reminiscent of some of the best private barrel Elmer’s we’ve had, this bourbon is silky and smooth, with a fuller mouth feel than it’s 90 proof brother. Honey and vanilla on the front palate are met by a mild spice on the mid palate.
Finish: The mid-palate spice carries through the long, luxurious finish. Slightly peppery, we found no hint of tannin. Truly a marvelous experience that carries on long after the last sip.
Overall Rating: ( 90 / 100 ) Get It
The 1919-2013 Elmer T. Lee bourbon is truly representative of the best of Elmer’s honey barrels! Traditional Elmer T. Lee has long been one of our staple bourbons. At a $28 – $30 price point for a 750 ml bottle, traditional Elmer provides many of the best qualities of bourbons twice its price. At $33, this commemorative offering delivers the best qualities of the traditional bottling, but includes a much improved viscosity and remarkable finish that make this a truly stand out whiskey. If you like Elmer T. Lee, you will LOVE 1919-2013 Elmer T. Lee (if there is any left to be had).
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