Bourbon. Elmer T Lee
Don’t you hate it when false rumors are spread around? We have been hearing from many of our friends and followers over the past few months who have been told by different liquor stores that Elmer T Lee Bourbon is no longer available and will not be available in the future. Some liquor stores are actually telling customers that when Elmer T Lee passed away a few months ago, he took his recipe with him to the grave and there’s no one who can replicate it. This is the farthest thing from the truth.
Though there is currently a shortage of Elmer T Lee (which is market driven), the recipe for Elmer T Lee was not taken to the grave. The Mashbill (recipe) for Elmer T Lee is actually Buffalo Trace’s #2 Mashbill. Buffalo Trace’s Mashbill #2, a high rye Mash, is also used to make other fine bourbons like Blanton’s, Rock Hill Farms, Ancient Age and Hancock’s Reserve. So as far as the recipe goes, it’s still alive and well. It is also true that Elmer T Lee was involved in selecting his own barrels. But we would imagine that he had some help selecting barrels over the past year or so because his trips to Buffalo Trace were very limited due to the illness that eventually took his life.
The best news that we are hearing is that Elmer T Lee bourbon is alive and well and that there are no plans to stop its production. As reported in an exclusive from whiskeycast.com, there are no plans to stop making Elmer T Lee bourbon. In fact we wouldn’t be shocked if Buffalo Trace isn’t planning a special Elmer T Lee release in the near future.
We’ll keep you posted when we know more, but don’t believe everything you hear out there!
Cheers! The Bourbon Guys