You all know the bourbon world lost a legend this week, but more importantly, the world lost a great man.
Yes, Elmer T. Lee was innovative, giving us the very first single barrel bourbon in Blanton’s, but Elmer (no “Mr. Lee” for this humble Kentucky gentleman) was more than a great maker of America’s spirit. He was a scholar, graduating from the University of Kentucky with honors in engineering, and he was a patriot, serving his country as bombadier in a B-29 over Japan during World War II. But with all he gave to us, perhaps his most notable achievement was that he was one heck of a nice guy! Rest, Elmer. We’ll all do our best to follow the example you set for us and take it from here.