In the bourbon business, it seems like, having some kind of tie in to the Kentucky Derby is a huge deal. We’ve already seen that with special Derby related bottlings from Brown-Forman bourbon brands Woodford Reserve and Old Forester, as well as some special regional Mint Juliep recipes from Diageo’s Bulleit Bourbon. Now Heaven Hill’s Evan Williams is getting in on the act as well, unveiling a special edition bottle of its single barrel whiskey to commemorate the 60th celebration of the Kentucky Derby Festival.
The new 2006 Evan Williams Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon is said to have come from two barrels of bourbon that were matured in natural, open-rick warehouses. It was bottled at 86.6 proof, and the bottle which the whiskey comes in, according to Heaven Hill, “has been dipped in a unique teal wax, features a special face label with the Kentucky Derby Festival logo, and a hangtag that details the history of the festival and the exclusive nature of the release.”
Now should you want to buy a bottle of this, you’ll need to venture on down to downtown Louisville, Kentucky, and pay a visit to the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience. It is here only you can pick up one from this limited edition release, and as for price, expect to pay around $50.
The Kentucky Derby Festival, by the way, leads up to the actual Derby itself. Running between April 17 and May 1, it has been in operation since 1956 and today sports more than 70 special events under its umbrella.
Nino Kilgore-Marchetti is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Whiskey Wash, an award winning whiskey lifestyle website dedicated to informing and entertaining consumers about whisk(e)y on a global level. As a whisk(e)y journalist, expert and judge he has written about the subject extensively, been interviewed in various media outlets and...