Elmer T. Lee

The first thing that stuck out to me about this bourbon was the color. Man, that beautiful, dark amber almost red color is simply stunning. This tells us a little about the age, even if the label doesn’t; you simply don’t get color like this from a young whiskey. On the nose of this bourbon there are a lot of sweet notes. Floral scents, mixed with apricots, give way to a light honey aroma and on a more thorough nosing there is definitely some oaky char that comes through. The initial mouth is very cool and saturates the whole palate. At this point you can really feel the delicateness of this whiskey, which is surprising considering the dark color. Definitely some light corn and more apricot comes through initially, followed by some toffee. There is a little heat if you chew on it for a second, but not enough to call it anything but enjoyable. It finishes with cinnamon and oak. The finish is long and wonderful. Honestly, this may be my favorite bourbon to date.

*Originally written for Barrels & Drams

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