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    Elmer T Lee age?

    I've been happily making my way through my first bottle of ETL over the last couple weeks. What a beautiful pour. Also saw some videos of the man on Youtube, What a gentleman he was. I hope now that he's passed on, Harlan Wheatley or whoever picks out the barrels for this whiskey does as well as Elmer did.
    Since there is no age statement, I'm wondering if anyone has info as to the age on this pour. I know these are single barrel bottlings, so the age may vary, but is there a ball park figure?

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    Re: Elmer T Lee age?

    I believe Harlen said it was at least 9 years in an interview, it has been reported to be between 10-14 but the barrels are selected for profile rather than age.
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    Re: Elmer T Lee age?

    Thanks Squire. I find that bourbons around 9 or 10 years of age tend to be a really nice sweet spot for my nose and tongue, so this sounds about right. I hate using the cliche "smooth" to apply to a whiskey, but in this case it really does apply. And yet it still has a full flavor profile. At around 25 bucks a bottle I think this will be my favorite bourbon for a while.

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    Re: Elmer T Lee age?

    A couple groups were doing barrel picks of ETL last April, and the barrels they rolled out were all 9 yrs and a few days (and the BT rep said that is when they start looking at them as ETL contenders - to squire's point, they're really looking to match a flavor profile). Based on where they pick them from, some may be older (maybe even younger).
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    Re: Elmer T Lee age?

    So long as they keep the profile I'll be a fan.
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    Re: Elmer T Lee age?

    At around $28, it is not only good, it is reasonably priced. To many are going over the $50 mark.

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    Re: Elmer T Lee age?

    Is there a reason/law as to why they wouldn't age date?

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    Re: Elmer T Lee age?

    They are single barrels and differences in age require hand lettering the bottles which is extra labor and would increase the price without changing the contents.
    Last edited by squire; 12-08-2013 at 09:58.
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    Re: Elmer T Lee age?

    Quote Originally Posted by squire View Post
    They are single barrels and differences in age require hand lettering the bottles which is extra labor and would increase the price without changing the contents.
    Got it! Thanks!

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    Re: Elmer T Lee age?

    Quote Originally Posted by darylld911 View Post
    A couple groups were doing barrel picks of ETL last April, and the barrels they rolled out were all 9 yrs and a few days (and the BT rep said that is when they start looking at them as ETL contenders - to squire's point, they're really looking to match a flavor profile). Based on where they pick them from, some may be older (maybe even younger).
    That would be nice to be in on one of those barrel purchases. I guess we have a pretty good source as to the approximate age.

 

 

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