I love and hate collectable bourbon bottles. I love them because it gives me an excuse to buy something that’s limited and special. I hate them because it’s best you don’t open them if you want them to be worth anything down the road. It’s like giving a kid a Barbie but telling her she can’t free it from the box. But I digress.
Today, Penny Chenery, owner of Secretariat, selected a Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon to celebrate the 40th Anniversary Triple Crown win of the best and most popular thoroughbred in racing history. Chenery’s private selection took place at the Four Roses warehousing and bottling facility in Cox’s Creek, Ky., and was conducted by Four Roses Master Distiller Jim Rutledge.
The 40th Anniversary Triple Crown Bourbon will first be bottled in 500 ceramic, hand-numbered decanters, created in the style of the popular 1970s era collectibles. There will then be 3,500 commemorative Secretariat bottles released. The front of the bottle will feature an image of Secretariat with jockey Ron Turcotte.
The commemorative bottle will be available for purchase this spring at liquor stores around town, as well as at the Kentucky Derby Museum.