The whisky world lost one of the legends this week with the passing of Buffalo Trace Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee. Not only was he responsible for making Single Barrel Bourbons popular when he came up with the idea for Blanton’s, but two years later, he had a Single Barrel Bourbon named after him following his retirement in 1985. Elmer kept selecting the barrels for his bourbon right up until shortly before his death, and his whiskey is as good as the man himself. We’ll remember Elmer T. Lee on this week’s episode, with a look back at his life and legacy. In the news, Kentucky’s distillers join forces to help Parker Beam raise money for ALS research, Balcones breaks ground on a new distillery in Waco, Texas, and the latest on nearly two dozen single cask Scotch whiskies released this week.
Links: Elmer T. Lee Single Barrel Bourbon | Heaven Hill | Parker Beam’s Promise of Hope Fund | Balcones Distilling | Tullamore Dew | Single Pot Stills of Midleton | BenRiach | Wemyss Malts | The Maltman | Glen Garioch | The Dalmore | Whyte & Mackay