Elmer T. Lee Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Elmer T. Lee

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  • Distiller:

    Buffalo Trace

  • Bottler:

    Buffalo Trace

  • ABV:

    45%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: SpiritSurveyor
  • Excerpt: This was a perfectly fine bourbon, but nothing crazy. It felt kind of thin on the palate, but had decent flavors throughout.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: This particular barrel is just ok. I’ve generally had better from them, but even as-is I don’t have any problem drinking it.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: If you haven’t dived into the world of single barrel bourbons, this single barrel is a great place to start.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Polished leather and a hint of dark chocolate on the finish. Great anytime.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: WhiskyCast
  • Excerpt: It’s a Bourbon worthy of Elmer’s name and reputation, and if you get a chance to taste it, I recommend you do so.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: In my opinion this is a perfect example of the Law of Diminishing Returns kicking in where I can buy multiple bottles of similar quality for the same price I would have to pay for one bottle of ETL on the secondary market.
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  • Raided Score: 82
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I can understand why it has become fairly hyped - the combination of complete inoffensiveness and some perceived level of rarity makes this bottle ideal for people to add to their collections.
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  • Intro:

    This is a Mashbill #2 product from Buffalo Trace with a fair amount of acclaim, as it's become quite difficult to find over the years due to its rise in popularity.

  • Nose:

    Sweet vanilla, custard, light floral fruit and very, very mild cinnamon.

  • Taste:

    Vanilla, sugary sweet, some spice and mild fruit. Not terribly complex.

  • Finish:

    Short and mild. Its not a bad finish but it doesnt have a ton of character. Really light and sweet.

  • Overall:

    This is a good entry level bourbon. Its sweet, gentle and completely approachable. I can understand why it has become fairly hyped - the combination of complete inoffensiveness and some perceived level of rarity makes this bottle ideal for people to add to their collections. At the end of the day, though, its just a fine dram, and nothing more.

  • Score:

    5

  • By t8ke
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