Four Roses Bourbon's nod to the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's record-breaking Triple Crown is off and running. A partnership was announced in March between the Kentucky Derby Museum to produce a retro-inspired ceramic decanter. The museum's Wendy Treinen shows the additional collectible bottle of single barrel bourbon honoring the Great Steamboat Race.
GREAT STEAMBOAT RACE COMMEMORATIVE BOTTLES:
The jousting has begun for the 2013 Great Steamboat Race set for Wednesday, May 1 on the Ohio River. Representatives of the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Belle of Louisville and the Belle of Cincinnati participated in a bourbon tasting to select a different single-barrel bourbon to be served aboard each vessel for the event.
For the first time ever, passengers onboard both boats will have the opportunity to sample the two bourbons and vote for their favorite. The boat with the winning bourbon will receive a mint julep trophy and bragging rights for a year. Commemorative bottles from each vessel will also be available for purchase at the Galt House in the 3rd Floor Spirits and More shop.
LIMITED EDITION SECRETARIAT BOTTLE:
Secretariat's owner, Penny Chenery, with Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge selected the single barrel bourbon during a visit in March to the Four Roses' warehouses in Cox's Creek, Ky.
The front of the bottle features an image of Secretariat with jockey Ron Turcotte, while one side will list Secretariat's unmatched finishing times in the three races of the Triple Crown: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. The neck of the bottle is adorned with the blue and white checks of the Meadow Stables jockey silks.
Four Roses will produce only 3,500 Secretariat bottles, which will be available for purchase this spring at select retail outlets along the Triple Crown trail in Kentucky, Maryland and New York. The Secretariat bottles also will be available for purchase at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, Ky., beginning May 1.
Secretariat is widely renowned as the best and most popular thoroughbred in racing history. Beginning with his run in the 99th Kentucky Derby, Secretariat smashed long-standing track records in 1973 and captured the hearts of Americans during his Triple Crown sweep. Those records still stand to this day. The chestnut champion affectionately known as "Big Red," and his owner, Penny Chenery, became an inspiration to many in a story of will, determination and pure speed.
The commemorative Secretariat bottle is the second component of Four Roses' tribute to Big Red's anniversary. In February, Four Roses and the Kentucky Derby Museum announced a partnership to release a specially created ceramic bourbon decanter, created in the style of the popular 1970s-era collectibles. The Four Roses decanter will resemble Secretariat standing in the Derby winner's circle, adorned with the famous garland of roses and with jockey Ron Turcotte aboard. Just 500 hand-numbered ceramic decanters will be produced and will be sold at a ticketed event at the Kentucky Derby Museum on May 1.