It may seem weird, but my initial sniff of the bourbon released a quick memory of dill, almost reminiscent of dill pickles. Weird. It quickly subsided. Caramel notes with hints of pepper and anise flowed.
The palate was a solid combination of sweet and spicy. There's a rich oily feel that gives a sense of hard caramel candies, hints of roasted brown sugar. There's a spice in the middle of the sweetness, white pepper associated to the rye presence. Savory finish.
There are a lot of props we owe Elmer T. Lee. His skills as a distiller for one. His creation of the single barrel program for another. And, as tribute this bourbon with distinct characteristics is presented. It is a one time run to honor his birthday in August of 1919. It's a solid tribute; although, due to its rarity and basic rules of supply and demand it's probably coming in higher than it needs.
Oily feel. Sweet brown sugar. Hints of white pepper.