It was the trip of a lifetime.
Oh sure, there are ponies and wooden bats and the greatest pugilist of all time, but Kentucky Bourbon is what truly holds a special place in our heart. This past May we headed to the Bluegrass State in order to personally select a barrel of our favorite bourbon to ever touch the inside of a barrel, Elmer T. Lee.
Vocal admirers long before his passing last year, Elmer T. Lee is generally the first bourbon we recommend to customers looking to expand their whiskey horizons. Our bartenders all have bottles at home. It's a bourbon we believe in. So that's how we found ourselves tucked away in the tranquil grounds of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY, presented with four pristine barrels of Elmer T. Lee, the namesake single barrel bourbon of the distillery's former master distiller.
After much plunging of the whiskey thief, intricate note-taking, and some careful deliberation, we unanimously selected "Barrel #4." Our selection was a fantastic nine-year-old bourbon with deep notes of cherry, slight spice from the rye in the mashbill, and a pristine, smooth finish. We were giddy, to say the least. After months of waiting—it is bottled by hand, after all—our very own Elmer T. Lee (complete with Old Gold sticker on each and every bottle) has arrived in Portland.
This won't be our final foray into barrel programs, but it's going to be hard to top a bourbon this fine. Come on by the bar and give our Old Gold edition of Elmer T. Lee a try—while supplies last—we're confident you'll be as excited as we are.