Derby season has arrived, and with it the seventh annual Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup sale. There will be 65 “Traditional” cups and 10 “Prestige” cups available as 2012 marks the 75th year the mint julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby – the Traditional and Prestige cups total 75. Every cup will be presented in the signature Woodford Reserve casing made from the same wood as Woodford Reserve barrels.
“Traditional” Julep Cups
These individually numbered 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 per cup, which means each cup is unique.
“Prestige” Julep Cups
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.
The Exotic Ingredients
Owners of the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will have the choice to enjoy a mint julep featuring a uniquely exotic set of ingredients from around the globe. For the first time ever, cup buyers will get to experience “double” the festivities as the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup Experience will feature “double” the ingredients:
The $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will feature the new, ultra-premium bourbon Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Twice barreled in White Oak and matured to perfection in two unique, handcrafted barrels.
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 Cup will include 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.
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.
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.