For those unfamiliar (myself included), Elmer T. Lee was a real person who was born near Peaks Mill in Franklin County, Kentucky and became a famous master distiller who released the first first single barrel bourbon called Blanton’s. He was a World War II veteran where he served as a radar bombardier on B-29 flights with the U.S. Army Air Force. He started work at what would eventually become Buffalo Trace in 1949 and retired in 1985.
Senior Marketing Director at Buffalo Trace Kris Comstock says this about the new release and Elmer T. Lee:
“After a century has passed since he was born, we want to honor Elmer and share our admiration with his family and others, while also giving back to Elmer’s local VFW. We were lucky to have Elmer with us for 93 years. As he grew older he continued to visit the Distillery weekly. The wisdom, expertise and friendship he shared during his weekly visits will never be forgotten. We think of him often and cherish the time he spent with us.”In terms of the release, this is a one-time release that shares the same age and mashbill as standard Elmer T. Lee, but this is bottled at 100 proof, where standard Elmer T. Lee is bottled at 90 proof. This new release is 'limited in distribution' and will be available starting later in August. It carries an MSRP of $100.
Nose - Maple syrup
Taste - Creamy vanilla with berries
Finish - Coffee, toasted oak, and vanilla.
While it's neat to commemorate what would have been Elmer T. Lee's 100th birthday, it's hard enough to get regular Elmer T. Lee, much less this special edition. I contacted Buffalo Trace and there was allocation of this to Ohio so expect to see this in the bottle lottery that usually happens in December.
If you do see this or get a taste, drop a note in the comments with your thoughts.
Source: Buffalo Trace