Woodford Reserve $1000 Mint Julep Cups

Churchill Downs and Woodford Reserve, The Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby®, double the stakes on world’s most exclusive mint julep cup and invite you to sip and savor the glamour and glitz of the Kentucky Derby with the Ultimate Kentucky Derby Luxury – the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup. 

The 2012 cup is double the exclusivity and delivers a one-of-a-kind experience for Woodford Reserve and the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup. There will be 75 total cups available (2012 marks the 75th year the mint julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby®) for purchase beginning April 16. Each cup will be individually numbered and presented in the signature Woodford Reserve casing made from the same wood as Woodford Reserve barrels. Sixty-five “Traditional” polished pewter cups have been meticulously hand-engraved with a beautiful horse scene along with the 2012 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and will come with a sterling silver sipping straw. The lost art of hand-engraving involves the use of seven different graver tools, and takes approximately two and a half hours for each cup, which means each cup is unique. 

In addition to the 65 traditional cups, there will also be 10 “Prestige” cups up for sale. These cups are sterling silver, plated in 24 karat gold and feature a diamond horseshoe with 43 diamonds totaling approximately one carat. A jeweler selects and sets each diamond by hand. These extremely rare cups will be double the price of the traditional cups at $2,000 each. 

This year’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will feature “Double” the ingredients including some of the most exotic ingredients in the world: 

“Double” the Bourbon:

  • For the first time ever, the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will feature the new, ultra-premium bourbon from Woodford Reserve called Double Oaked. Double Oaked is twice barreled in White Oak with two unique barrels used to craft every bottle. Matured to perfection in handcrafted barrels created at Woodford Reserve’s own cooperage, the barrels are uniquely toasted and charred to create the rich flavor and color characteristics that are so distinctive in Double Oaked.

Double the Sugar:

  • Bourbon Mint Julep Sugar and Bourbon Vanilla Sugar from Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, KY. The Bourbon-Mint Julep Sugar has all the rich caramel flavors of raw sugar as well as the refreshing flavors of mint while the Bourbon Vanilla Sugar is an all natural Demerara sugar that’s packed and aged with Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla beans to enhance the molasses flavors of the sugar with the richness of vanilla.

Double the Mint:

  • Rare Lemon mint grown in California as well as Kentucky Spearmint. The combination of the very unique Lemon mint and the Spearmint adds a fresh, light enhancement to the classic Mint Julep.

Double the Ice:

  • As Versailles, KY is named after Versailles, France and the two cities have shared that common bond for more than 200 years the $1,000 Mint Julep will use water from Versailles, KY where Woodford Reserve is crafted as well as water from France to honor the French roots of Versailles, KY – the home of Woodford Reserve.

All buyers (or designated proxies) must be in attendance at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day, May 5, 2012 to receive their cup. All net proceeds from sales of the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cups benefit The Heart of a Horse Foundation.

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