Elmer T. Lee – Review

Elmer
Elmer, maybe the best all-around bourbon for your buck.

Overview

There is a reason why Elmer T. Lee is hyped up as much as it is.  It’s that good.  It delivers everything you’d want in a moderately priced whiskey.  It’s an easy-drinking, whether that be straight up, on the rocks or in a manhattan.  I love it.  And I’m glad I recently scored two bottles while randomly walking into the local Kroger liquor store.

Company Specs: 

Named after Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, this whiskey is hand selected and bottled to the taste and standards of Elmer T. Lee himself. Perfectly balanced and rich, as declared by the man who knows how great bourbon should taste.

Tasting: The nose brings notes of clover, vanilla, and old leather. The flavor balances fruit, honey and vanilla with a light spiciness. A long and warm finish.

Awards:

2014 Gold Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
2014 Excellent/Highly Recommended; Tried & True Award – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
2013 Silver Medal – International Wine & Spirits Competition
2013 Silver Medal – Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition
2013 Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2012 Double Gold Medal – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
2012 Extraordinary/Ultimate Recommendation – Chairman’s Trophy Finalist – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
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Taste Rating: A-

Wonderful!  Smooth and delicious.  An awesome bourbon.

Value Rating: A-

It would’ve gotten an “A” had it not gone up in price recently.  I saw one liquor store selling it at $50 a bottle.  I was able to snatch mine at $36 before taxes.  Even at $50 it’s a good deal, but when it comes in under $40 it’s a must buy.

Overall Rating: A-

Yeah, I love this stuff.  The bad news is that so does everyone else.  If you’re ever our shopping for booze and you see some Elmer on the shelf, make sure you grab a bottle or two or three.  You won’t regret it.


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