The Kentucky Bourbons You Should Be Drinking on Derby Day

The Kentucky Bourbons You Should Be Drinking on Derby Day


The Kentucky Derby is an institution in America that is well known for being one of the most thrilling sports to witness. One reason why the Kentucky Derby is so enjoyable is due to the overwhelming popularity of the famous Kentucky bourbons and the Mint Julep. The classic Mint Julep has become a staple for every attendee of the Derby due to its minty and refreshing flavor. While the Mint Julep is well known for its Derby essence, Kentucky bourbons are becoming increasingly popular to fans in recent years.

Here are 5 of the best Kentucky Bourbons that are guaranteed to improve your Derby experience:

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1. Old Forester

At 86 proof, Old Forester delivers a genuine bourbon experience, with rich, full flavor and a smooth character that is ideal for sipping neat, on the rocks, with a splash of water or in a classic cocktail.

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2. Bulleit Bourbon

Due to its especially high rye content, Bulleit Bourbon has a bold, spicy character with a finish that’s distinctively clean and smooth. Medium amber in color, with gentle spiciness and sweet oak aromas. Mid-palate is smooth with tones of maple, oak, and nutmeg.

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3. Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Woodford Bourbon brings a heavy aroma of rich dried fruit with hints of mint and oranges covered with a sprinkle of cocoa. With a taste of rich, rounded, and smooth, with complex citrus, cocoa, and cinnamon, this bourbon will send your pallet on its very own Derby race. 

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4. Basil Hayden's Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Basil Hayden’s Straight Bourbon gives off an exciting aroma of charred oak with sweet notes of vanilla & caramel along with hints of dried, rich fruit. To continue with a charred oak theme, the flavor of this bourbon is complemented with sweet brown sugar, dried fruit, and a touch of black pepper.

5. Barton 1792 Bottled in Bond Bourbon

Rated at 95 points, this award-winning bourbon has always been highly sought after; especially during Derby time. A mellow vanilla aroma with sweet vanilla and oak taste comes together to reveal a beautiful light brown color.



Have you heard of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail? The Kentucky Bourbon Trail, or “The Bourbon Trail,” is the name of a program sponsored by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association to promote the Bourbon whiskey industry in Kentucky. The list of participating breweries changes every year, making this experience something that you will want to try over and over again. 

Although this trail is open almost all year-round, most people will do this during Derby season. There are no two things that belong together as much as the Derby and bourbon do. The distilleries that make these top 5 bourbons are a must-visit during Derby season!