A Sneak Peek into Woodford Reserve’s 2019 Kentucky Derby Bottle
Well, whiskey lovers, it seems like Christmas has come early this year. As the official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, Woodford Reserve has a tradition of releasing a specially designed limited-edition bottle every year to mark the grand event. This year, they’ve decided to give us an early glimpse into what’s in store, much to the delight of collectors and enthusiasts alike.
Introducing the Artist Behind the Beautiful Design
Each year, the Kentucky-based distillery enlists a noteworthy artist to design the artwork for their annual Kentucky Derby bottle. For the 2019 edition, it was Keith Anderson, a talented employee from the distillery, who received the honor. Anderson, who first started working for Brown-Forman, Woodford’s parent company, in 2006, is not just an ordinary distillery worker. He is also a self-taught artist and proud resident of Kentucky. This made him the ideal choice to capture the spirit of the event on the canvas that is the Woodford Reserve bottle.
A Design That Captures the Essence of the Derby
The 2019 Kentucky Derby bottle features a picturesque gaze into the heart of thoroughbred country. It dazzles with a sunny blue Kentucky sky, lush green fields, and an arresting depiction of the powerful thoroughbreds mid-race.
Anderson’s masterful strokes capture the intense energy and passion that are indicative of the fastest two minutes in sports. The use of vibrant hues and dynamic shapes makes the scene come alive, transporting the onlooker to the heart of the action at Churchill Downs.
The artist explained that his inspiration came from his morning drives to work, where captivating views of the Bluegrass state and its horse farms welcomed him every day. Seeking to convey the sense of calm before the storm, Anderson’s design articulates the anticipation, tension, and excitement in the lead up to the big race.
An Aesthetically Pleasing Collector’s Item
Apart from the captivating design, the 2019 Kentucky Derby bottle from Woodford Reserve is a collector’s dream come true. The bottle itself is made of sleek, clear glass, allowing the magnificent artwork to be the star of the show. Moreover, each bottle is presented in a classic box, making it an attractive piece to display on your liquor shelf.
Remarks from the Woodford Camp
Woodford Reserve’s master distiller Chris Morris couldn’t hold back his delight over the new design. He expressed admiration for Anderson’s unique talent and his ability to capture the spirit of the Kentucky Derby. Morris also mentioned how thrilled he is to share the excitement and energy of the Derby day through this exquisite 2019 bottle.
A Toast to the Traditional
Woodford Reserve’s 2019 Kentucky Derby bottle not only serves up a fine collector’s item but it also encapsulates the tradition and passion of one of America’s most beloved sporting events. With the stage set for May, this limited-edition bottle with Anderson’s beautiful artwork is a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the Kentucky Derby. Whether you’re there in the stands or watching from home, here’s to a memorable race, a memorable bottle, and a memorable toast with Woodford Reserve.