Elmer T. Lee Vs Blanton’s Single Barrel Comparison Review

One of the most desired products of Buffalo Trace uses a different sort of Mash Bill that is unique from the one that is used to make the Stagg, Col. EH Taylor, Eagle Rare, and Buffalo Trace lines. Unlike these products that comprise Mashbill #1, Mashbill #2 is said to comprise more rye in the recipe, therefore giving its inimitability. However, Buffalo Trace remains silent about their Mashbill. Hence, we can’t be certain for now!

However, we are certain that Age International (a detached company but still a part of Buffalo Trace) regulates the Mashbill used in Buffalo Trace’s products. In fact, their labels can be seen all around 11.1 proof points of each other. In this article, we will be comparing two of these labels that are nearest in proof and age; Elmer T Lee and Blanton’s.

Elmer T. Lee

Both Elmer T. Lee and Blanton’s are single barrels that comprise the same Mashbill and are aged for around 5-7 years. However, Elmer T. Lee used to be aged for an even longer duration but the exact duration has never been revealed to this day. The increasing prominence of Buffalo Trace’s products also means that their single barrels are becoming much younger, as the company is unable to satisfy the requirements of consumers.

While both, Elmer T. Lee and Blanton’s single barrels comprise the same element, the difference between the two lies in the warehouses that they arrive from. It may seem like a minor factor but this can make all the difference! Over the years, Blanton’s has always arrived only from the metal-clad Warehouse H and Elmer T. Lee arrives from a wooden or brick warehouse. While there are 3 proof points that discriminate between these two, it’s a minor difference at this level.

Which one should consumers really go for? Elmer T. Lee is almost impossible to find and the retail price is over $130. Blanton’s, on the other hand, is still comparatively cheaper and accessible, if you’re patient. We sampled both these single barrels to give you a comparison of what to expect from either.

Elmer T Lee or Blanton’s Single Barrel?

It really staggered us that out of the two single barrels we sampled, Blanton’s came out better than Elmer T. Lee’s. Considering how much Elmer T. Lee is regarded, the results were really shocking. However, neither of the single barrels showed any failings. Both may be discriminated against in terms of their intricacy or flavor but with single barrels, every bottle is distinct from the other anyway.

  • ELMER T. LEE – OUR SCORE: 7.5/10
  • BLANTON’S – OUR SCORE: 7.8/10


We hope our comparison of Elmer T. Lee and Blanton’s single barrels helped in your choosing the right one, according to your preference. If you’ve tried either of these single barrels and would like to share your views on them, do comment below. We’d love to hear from you!

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