If you’re planning on riding on one of the boats in tomorrow’s Great Steamboat Race — the Belle of Cincinnati or Belle of Louisville — then you have a job other than rooting on your favorite ship. Four Roses has selected two special single-barrel bourbons to be served on each boat, and it’s up to the lucky passengers to decide which is better. The barrels were selected last month by a panel of experts, and the winner will be announced at the awards presentation after the race.
The Great Steamboat Race Private Selection bottles are available at Kroger Wine & Spirit Shoppes, so you can decide for yourself if you’re not going down with the ships.
I’m going to take the sampling seriously and not just side with the Belle of Louisville because it bears my namesake.