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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    Email from Mark Brown


    Dear Friends,
    It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you that our beloved Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, 93, passed away today, July 16, 2013 after a short illness.
    In the world of making really fine whiskey the role of Master Distiller is pivotal, but Elmer's meaning to those he met, came to know, and worked with closely extended far beyond that of a Master Distiller. Elmer defined, in the simplest terms, what it means to be a great American - hard working, self-made, courageous, honest, kind, humble, and humorous.
    Elmer was born in 1919 on a tobacco farm near Peaks Mill in Franklin County, Ky. He graduated from Frankfort County High School in 1936 and worked for Jarman Shoe Company until December 1941. He then served with the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II as a radar bombardier on a B-29. After flying missions against Japan through 1945, Elmer was honorably discharged in January 1946. He returned home and studied engineering at the University of Kentucky, where he graduated with honors in 1949.
    In September 1949 Elmer began working in the engineering department of the George T. Stagg Distillery in Frankfort. In 1966, Elmer was promoted to plant superintendent, responsible for all plant operations and reporting to the plant manager. 1n 1969, he became plant manager.
    But it was in 1984 that Elmer's contribution to the bourbon industry gained him the most notoriety, when he introduced Blanton's, the world's first Single Barrel Bourbon. Elmer retired in 1985 but continued to serve as an ambassador for Buffalo Trace, and in 1986 he was honored with his very own single barrel bourbon, Elmer T. Lee. Of course, for those of us who knew Elmer, he never really retired. Every Tuesday we could see Elmer making his rounds at the Distillery in his trademark cap, signing bottles, posters, and other memorabilia at the Gift Shop, visiting his friends in Blanton's Bottling Hall, and tasting bourbons (for quality control purposes!) in the lab.
    Elmer was always ready to offer advice, and was a wealth of information that many of us relied on, myself included. Harlen Wheatley would inquire with Elmer when stuck on a mechanical problem, and any historical questions about the Distillery always went to Elmer, who, with his razor sharp memory, could invariably answer. To all of us, Elmer was a friend, a mentor, and a trusted advisor.
    Elmer was known through the bourbon industry for his expertise and knowledge about bourbon whiskey and he received numerous awards and recognition, including induction into the Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2001, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Whisky Advocate in 2002, and the Lifetime Achievement Award and Hall of Fame induction from Whisky Magazine in 2012.
    We have lost a wonderful friend today, and he will be missed terribly.
    Services for Elmer T. Lee are pending and will be announced shortly.
    Sincerely,

    Mark Brown

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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    Another member of the Greatest Generation gone.
    Pete

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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    There is a reason my avatar is of an ETL bottle. Nothing but respect for him.
    Hope is subversive, for it limits the grandiose pretensions of the present by calling into existence the possibility of something better.

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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    Picking up a Blanton's tonight to raise a glass. RIP.

    Best regards, Tony

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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    A toast to his legend this evening will be in order,such and impact on so many a things in our modern bourbon world.
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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    I'll have a generous pour of Elmer's namesake SB in his honor in just a few moments. A toast to a life well-lived and a celebration of his many accomplishments in the world of Bourbon. We'll all miss him for his ever-present good humor and all his expertise at The Buffalo. Go ahead of us, Elmer and prepare the next great offering for all of us in the big distillery that awaits.

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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    My best ETL memory was one time I was with friends in a hurry. We went into a big store. I happened to spot some ETL bottles with a paper label. I figured it was one more label change at BT (they had been changing the labels of several brands around that time). My friends had ants in the pants, so I couldn't browse like I normally would. Anyway, some time later I discovered those bottles were the 90th birthday special edition. I was beside myself since that was it. Nobody was getting any more. Then a couple months later, I walked in and found 3 mixed in with the regular ETLs! I bought 2, and left one for good karma.

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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    I was just in the local retailer this AM and made a comment to Bonnie, ( one of the sales reps) that ETL was one of my favs in that price point.

    RIP good sir, I can only speculate the 93 years was achieved at least partially due to drinking the good bourbon.
    Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most




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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    rest in peace Mr.Lee.
    Prayers to all the family and friends.

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    Re: Passing of Elmer T. Lee

    I have it in my memory that someone told me that Mr Lee wanted to produce ETL as single barrel at a very reasonable price so that everyone could taste what single barrels are like. ie- not get priced out. In a world where it's primarily "how much more can I squeeze out of you" that was just dang nice. Why isn't he a Ky Colonel?
    Mark

 

 

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