Kentucky is famous the world round for two of its biggest products – thoroughbred horses and bourbon. The county of Woodford, Kentucky is home to both of these products – the Woodford Reserve Distillery and Coolmore Farm, the new home of Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah. This year’s limited edition of Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Derby 142 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey commemorative bottle features two thoroughbreds and jockeys, neck and neck as approach the finish line in the Run for the Roses.
2016 Woodford Reserve’s Kentucky Derby Bottle – “Barreling Down”
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Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby
Woodford Reserve has been the “Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby” for the past 18 years. The 2016 limited-edition Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby bottle features artwork from award-winning equine artist Thomas Allen Pauly. Chicago native Pauly is a world-renowned equine painter and is the Official Artist of American Pharoah. His painting “Barreling Down” is featured on the front of the bottle. The image on the bottle features a closeup, impressionistic look into the big race. The bright blue sky of a spring day in Kentucky shines through in the background as the horses race towards the finish line.
“The Woodford Reserve Distillery is the only place in the world where you see Kentucky’s two most famous products – thoroughbred horses and bourbon whiskey maturing side by side.”
The bottles neck band features crisp black and Woodford Reserve’s signature copper color with the Kentucky Derby 142 date and Thomas Allen Pauly’s signature sealing the top. A neck tag provides details about the product and the artist.
“Woodford Reserve is honored to collaborate with an artist of such high caliber for this year’s commemorative Derby bottle,” said Jason Kempf, Woodford Reserve brand director. “His years of experience, esteemed skillset in painting and passion for the equine industry correlate perfectly with the Kentucky Derby.”
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The commemorative liter-size bottle will be available nationwide on shelves in March. The suggested retail price for the bourbon, depending on market, is $43.99. And, if you are interested, according to the Coolmore Farm website, the American Pharoah stud fee is $200,000. I’ll bet they’ll offer you a discount if you buy both!