FRANKFORT, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The man who is credited with sparking the amazing revival of the bourbon industry died Tuesday morning, July 16, in Kentucky after a short illness.
Elmer T. Lee was 93-years-old. In 1984 he created Blanton's, the world's first “single-barrel bourbon.” It became a hit as a premium bourbon and that triggered the industry's comeback that we are seeing today.
He created Blanton's and other famous bourbons while working here at the famed Buffalo Trace Distillery near Frankfort. He joined them in 1949, and up until recently, showed up every Tuesday to taste potential bourbons. Buffalo Trace today called him a great American.