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    Elmer T. Lee stands as one of the finest bourbons ever given life by a distillery. It’s the type of single-barrel bourbon you drink when the occasion is right. World-class by any standard, Elmer T. Lee is among the finest products by Buffalo Trace Distillery.

    The story began in 1949 when a young man walked into a distillery, only to be greeted by the words of Colonel Albert B. Blanton, President of the place: “Son, we’re not hiring any hands today.” However, the young man — who went by Elmer T. Lee — showed up for work anyway the following week. He worked his way up through the ranks, first serving as a maintenance engineer, then Plant Engineer, then Plant Superintendent, followed finally by Master Distiller and Plant Manager. He worked until 1985, and a year before his retirement, introduced Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon to honor the man who’d almost steered him away from the job.

    Years later, as he continued to stay involved in the day-to-day operations of the distillery, Elmer was honored with his own namesake bourbon and an induction into the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame. The bourbon that bears his name continues to delight with its rich, fragrant profile and balanced, sweet flavors.