Woodford Reserve Unveils Exclusive 2019 Kentucky Derby Bottle

Woodford Reserve Unveils Exclusive 2019 Kentucky Derby Bottle

A Sneak Peek into Woodford Reserve’s 2019 Kentucky Derby Bottle

Although bourbon and horses constitute as Kentucky’s most beloved exports, they unite in the form of an annual event that marks a glamorous tradition – the Kentucky Derby. Collectors and bourbon enthusiasts around the globe immediately recognized the significance of my reference. Yes, I’m talking about those collectibles, the specially designed bourbon bottles released each year by Woodford Reserve to commemorate the Kentucky Derby, the oldest continuously held major sporting event in the United States.

In 2019, whiskey lovers and derby fans alike were abuzz with anticipation for the first glimpse of the new bottle. This year’s edition has indeed lived up to the fervor and anticipation. Let me lead you on a scenic journey unraveling the fine nuances of the design wonders bottled up in 2019’s Kentucky Derby commemoration.

The Magic Unleashed in 2019

With an unabashed spirit of celebration and a thirst for tradition, Woodford Reserve unveiled its 2019 Kentucky Derby bottle to the world. The bottle encapsulated beautiful artistry telling a rich story; it was not just a container for high-quality bourbon, but also a canvas for culture, history, heritage, and a special homage to this prestigious event.

The Artist and The Inspiration

The 2019 bottle distinguished itself by featuring artwork from Keith Anderson, a Louisville-based artist. Working for Brown-Forman, the parent company of Woodford Reserve, for more than a decade, Anderson had already earned his name as the creative genius behind the 2018 Derby bottle. The challenge he undertook was to outdo his past work, and that’s exactly what he did.

The artist drew inspiration from his surroundings. The scene depicted on the 2019 bottle broadcasted the energy of the Kentucky Derby – the thundering of hooves against the track, the vibrant hats in the crowd, the quickened heartbeats as the finish line approaches- all captured with flair and passion.

The Design Interpretation

With deft brush strokes, Anderson masterfully painted a front-row scene of Derby Day, capturing the unmissable vibrancy of the spectators in the stands, the jockeys in brilliant silks, and mighty thoroughbreds galloping across the course.

The artist’s interpretation of the Derby Day was not limited to just the action on the track. In a distinctive move, he included a unique perspective that added a rare depth to the design. In the foreground was a couple – dressed in true Derby style – toasting to the spectacle with their Derby glasses. Adding to the charm was a subtle touch, where the man’s cufflinks were fashioned into tiny Woodford Reserve bottles.

More Than Just a Bottle

As we fully appreciate the artistic magnificence of the 2019 Derby bottle, let’s not forget the golden elixir contained within it. Woodford Reserve is well recognized for its craftsmanship and quality as it’s a super-premium bourbon crafted carefully in small batches. This rich and flavorful bourbon was savored not just in the stands of Churchill Downs but also worldwide by connoisseur appreciating its fine balance and robust character.

These limited-edition bottles have indeed become an amplifying charm to the Derby experience. They do not just represent a successful collaboration of art, sport, and spirit, but also serve as a tangible and lasting reminder of the constellation of emotions and experiences pieced together during this iconic event.


Woodford Reserve’s 2019 Kentucky Derby bottle framed a captivating narrative of what the day genuinely embodies. A blend of tradition, jubilation, anticipation, and camaraderie wrapped in vibrant hues, each bottle was nothing short of being a collector’s item, elevating the time-honored bond between bourbon and the Kentucky Derby, and underscoring why this iconic event has withstood the test of time.

Here’s to another exciting year

We lift our glasses high to toast to the artists, the sport, the spirit, and the fans. As we anticipate what Woodford Reserve will unveil for the next Derby bottle, we look forward to the continued blend of creativity, tradition, and fine bourbon. Cheers!

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Written by Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis has been writing about spirits for over 10 years. He is a frequent speaker at whiskey festivals and events around the country and has been a judge at several international spirit competitions. He is passionate about educating people about the history and culture of whiskey and bourbon and loves to share his knowledge with others.

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