Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Releases Its Kentucky Derby Festival Bourbon

By Nino Kilgore-Marchetti / February 26, 2020

As Kentucky begins its annual ramp up to the Kentucky Derby horse race in May, so do the distilleries there also begin debuting bourbons tied to associated events. The biggest of these is the Kentucky Derby Festival, a whirlwind of more than 70 special events leading up to the big race. The Evan Willams Bourbon Experience, as part of being an official sponsor of the Festival, announced recently its single barrel bourbon offering for it.

The new Evan Williams 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival Bourbon, according to those behind it, is housed in a bottle dipped in a unique emerald green wax. The bottle features a special face label with the gold and green Kentucky Derby Festival logo and includes an official 2020 Pegasus Pin in an envelope attached to each bottle. The limited edition 2012 vintage is bottled at 113 proof, commemorating both the 65th Kentucky Derby Festival plus the 48th Pegasus Pin anniversary.

Each bottle of Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon contains the exact day it was put in an oak barrel to age, the barrel number, and the date it was bottled. The bourbon is matured in natural open-rick warehouses under the supervision of Heaven Hill’s master distiller, who monitors the progress of each year’s vintage to ensure it “maintains its intended flavor profile and superb quality.”

Evan Williams 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival Bourbon

Evan Williams 2020 Kentucky Derby Festival Bourbon (image via Heaven Hill)

“The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience is proud to partner yet again with the Kentucky Derby Festival to share the unique Kentucky spirit that makes this time of year so exciting in the Bluegrass State,” said Evan Williams Bourbon Experience Artisanal Distiller Jodie Filiatreau in a prepared statement. “Join us as we raise a toast to Kentucky’s heritage and usher in the 2020 Kentucky Derby.”

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600 bottles of this limited edition Evan Williams bourbon are being made available for around $75 at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience and select Kentucky retailers.