Elmer T. Lee

Elmer T. Lee 100 Year Tribute

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100 Year Tribute is a commemorative bottling honoring what would have been the 100th birthday of Elmer T. Lee, former master distiller emeritus for Buffalo Trace Distillery. This 100 Year Tribute is still a single barrel bourbon and is made using the same mash bill and age as its standard Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon, but it is bottled at 100 proof rather than 90 proof. Proceeds from this limited edition bottling will go to the Frankfort VFW Post 4075 where Lee was a member until his death in 2013.

Named after Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee at the Buffalo Trace Distillery, this American whiskey is hand selected and bottled to the taste and standards which were set forth by Elmer T. Lee. He was often credited with starting the revival of single barrel bourbons in the 1980s while Master Distiller of the George T. Stagg Distillery, now known as Buffalo Trace.  Even after his retirement in 1985, he still visited the distillery weekly to select the barrels that would be bottled for his self-named Elmer T. Lee bourbon.  He continued that practice until his passing in 2013 at the age of 93. This Kentucky bourbon is a perfectly balanced and rich whiskey, as declared by the man who knew how great bourbon should taste. Elmer was responsible for bringing Blanton’s to market and was eventually honored by Buffalo Trace Distillery with this single barrel bourbon.

*This version of the bourbon is 100 proof, and shares its mash recipe with such stalwarts as Blanton’s, Rock Hill Farms, Ancient Age, and Hancock’s Reserve. Elmer T. Lee bourbon features an appearance of golden amber. It’s aroma is that of strong vanilla and sweet caramel which are followed by light berries, apricot, and peaches. There is a bit of oak on the tail end.

Flavors of maple syrup and caramel are the stories on the tip on the tongue.  Buffalo Trace has coaxed the sweetness from the barrel very well here.  There is a rush of vanilla on the edges of the palate here, with floral notes as well. Underlying all of that is a the crisp, clear spring water mouth feel that marks so many of Buffalo Trace’s premium offerings.

A finish that is long and sweet; light barrel flavors assert themselves near the end with a pleasing mix of oak and tannins, with a burnt sugar and caramel tinge.

The oldest continuously operating distillery in America also happens to have one of the largest families of homegrown brands in any industry. Led by our namesake and flagship brand, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, the line includes several brands, collections and expressions that have earned some of the highest accolades the industry offers.

From the Van Winkle collection to Benchmark, from O.F.C. Vintages to Freddie’s Old Fashioned Soda—the Buffalo Trace Distillery family of brands is at once a tribute to tradition and thoughtful experimentation.  

Wind your way through the Rickhouse of information to the left to learn about the original wheated bourbon, the world’s first single barrel bourbon, gold medal collections of expressions, limited edition offerings and other byproducts of the centuries of whiskey innovation at Buffalo Trace Distillery. 

Awards

2018 Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year, Matt Higgins - Icons of Whisky America

2018 Distiller of the Year - Icons of Whisky America

2017 Visitor Attraction of the Year - Icons of Whisky America

2016 Drammie Awards - Distillery of the Year, WORLD

2016 Drammie Awards - Distillery of the Year, North America

2015 International Wine & Spirits Competition - Americas & the Caribbean Spirits Producer of the Year

2015 Icons of Whisky - World Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year

2015 Icons of Whisky America - Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year

2014 International Wine & Spirits Competition - Distiller of the Year

2015 Icons of Whisky America - Whiskey Distillery of the Year - HIGHLY COMMENDED

2015 Icons of Whisky America - Whiskey Visitor Center of the Year - HIGHLY COMMENDED

2014 International Wine & Spirits Competition - America and the Caribbean Spirits Producer of the Year

2014 Icons of Whisky America - Whiskey Distiller of the Year

2013 Icons of Whisky America - Whiskey Distiller of the Year/HIGHLY COMMENDED - Whisky Magazine

2012 Whisky Brand Innovator of the Year - Whisky Magazine

2012 Whiskey Ambassador of the Year, Elmer T. Lee - Whisky Magazine

2012 Traverse Award for Promotional Video - First Place for Timeless Craft Video - Kentucky Travel Industry Association

2007 Distiller of the Year - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2006 American Distiller of the Year - Whisky Magazine

2012 Traverse Award for Print Ad - First Place for Employee Ad Series - Kentucky Travel Industry Association

2011 Traverse Award for Excellence in Marketing - First Place for Oral History Promotional Video - Kentucky Travel Industry Assc

2011 Traverse Award for Excellence in Marketing - Honorable Mention for Screen Saver - Kentucky Travel Industry Association

2011 Class C Education Award, "Quest For The Perfect Bourbon" - Kentucky Historical Society

2010 Whisky Visitor Attraction of the Year - Whisky Magazine

2009 American Visitor Attraction of the Year - Whisky Magazine

2008 American Innovator of the Year - Whisky Magazine

2008 Distillery of the Year - San Francisco World Spirits Competition

2007 Distiller of the Year - Whisky Magazine

2006 American Innovator of the Year - Whisky Magazine

2006 Distillery of the Year - Whisky Advocate

2006 Distiller of the Year - Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2005 Distiller of the Year - Whisky Magazine

2005 Distillery of the Year - Whisky Advocate

2000 Distillery of the Year - Whisky Advocate

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