The “fastest two minutes in sports” also known as the Kentucky Derby is coming up this Saturday, May 6th. This year marks the 143rd year of the race, but if you can’t be at Churchill Downs in person, you can certainly cheer on your pick with any of the commemorative bottlings below. So throw on your best hat and fancy duds, grab one of these bottles, and you’re off!
WOODFORD RESERVE KENTUCKY DERBY 143RD BOURBON
For the 19th straight year, Woodford Reserve has been the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby. During the 2016 event, renowned equine artist, Thomas Allen Pauly was given the opportunity to witness and photograph the races from the roof of Churchill Downs. This served as inspiration for the 143rd commemorative bottling that features his artwork for the second year in a row, and a rare perspective of the Kentucky Derby. These liter-sized bottles will be hitting shelves in March 2017, just in time for the event in Louisville. Like past releases, the juice inside is the flagship Woodford Reserve Bourbon bottled at 45.2% ABV.
EVAN WILLIAMS SINGLE BARREL BOURBON KENTUCKY DERBY FESTIVAL BOTTLING
An official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Evan Williams has released this special bottling from the 2009 vintage to celebrate the 2017 event. The bottle is dipped in gold wax and has a commemorative pin atop the bottle. Additionally, a Pegasus Pin attaches to the bottle in an envelope. The limited edition 2009 vintage comes in at 107 proof, commemorating both the 62nd Kentucky Derby Festival and 45th Pegasus Pin anniversary. This bottle will be available for purchase at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and other area retailers while supplies last.
FOUR ROSES 2017 DERBY FESTIVAL POSTER SPECIAL SELECTION SINGLE BARREL BOURBON
This Single Barrel bottling from Four Roses contains a miniature photo of the official 2017 Kentucky Derby Festival poster. Designed by Louisville artist Ron Jasin, the poster depicts various events leading up to the Kentucky Derby. Representatives from the Kentucky Derby along with Master Distiller, Brent Elliott, met to pick the barrel especially for this release. The bourbon is from Four Roses OBSV recipe which is a high-rye mashbill.
OLD FORESTER MINT JULEP
For those of us who would just like to pour and enjoy the races, Old Forester has their Mint Julep bottling. Old Forester’s Mint Julep is the official drink of the Kentucky Derby. Bottled at 60 proof, this ready-to-drink cocktail sells in 1-liter sized bottles.
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