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Louisville, KY, September 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) –
The Speed Art Museum’s annual bourbon auction, held on September 23, features some of the hardest-to-find whiskeys in the world. Under the bottles is a rare, numbered Van Winkle Family Reserve 15-year from the 1990s.
This year’s “Art of Bourbon” shelves are lined with an Old Forester Birthday Bourbon, a bottle of Private Stock Park & Tilford from the 1940s to 1950s, a Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition bottle, the impossible-to-find 21-year-old Collector’s edition and several exclusive experiences that enable successful bidders to purchase their custom-made keg directly from the source. Auction catalog: artofbourbon.org.
The breathtaking lineup for 2021 – consisting of rare bourbons, “dusties” and VIP experiences – is possibly the best so far. The auction is free to bid, but registration is required below artofbourbon.org.
– Auction: 7:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. EST
– Advance registration for bidding is recommended
– Bill Menish will act as auctioneer
Elusive whiskey and high-end bourbon packages will be auctioned among the 40 lots. Here’s a taste of what to expect:
- Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Years No 841 – Lot 23 Estimate: $ 12,500
- The Collector’s Edition 21-Year Old Bourbon from the 1960s / early 70s. Distilled and bottled by Dowling Distillers. A collector’s item in the truest sense of the word. Estimate: $ 6,500 – $ 7,000
- Old Forester BF 150 Special Edition Birthday Bourbon, 2021 12-yr – Lot 32. Especially bottled for the 150th anniversary of Brown-Forman and made only for the founding family of the distillery. Never retailed, very limited quantities produced. Estimate: $ 2,000
- Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition – Lot 15 Estimate: $ 6,000
- Jim Beam Lineage 15 years old, only available in duty free shops. Estimate: $ 2,000
- Park & Tilford Private Stock Estimate: $ 6,000
- The ultimate Maker’s Mark, Immersion Experience Barrel Selection with Rob Samuels, featuring bespoke Brook White artwork. Estimate: $ 20,000
- Rabbit Hole Single Barrel, Picked by Founder and Whiskey Maker, Kaveh Zamanian Estimate: $ 20,000
- Nearest Green Private Distillery Experience with Master Blender and Nearest Green Descendant of 5th Aged Whiskeys) Estimate: $ 2,000
- 1 year old Castle & Key Bourbon Barrel, distilled by one of the most famous master distillers in the industry, matured in the famous Castle and Key Rickhouses for the next two years. Estimate: $ 2,000
- Longbranch Bourbon and a Yeti Cooler with fancy treats from the Lone Star State, curated by Matthew McConaughey Estimate: $ 800 plus boast rights
Bourbon royal families – families with surnames like Van Winkle, Brown, and Samuels – as well as famous master distillers – have come together to support Kentucky’s iconic arts institution. Julian P. Van Winkle III, for example, donates a Pappy bottle with 15-year-old and 12-year-old, lot b, from his personal supply. These bottles are expected to fetch $ 5,000 and $ 2,500 at auction, respectively.
Van Winkle III acknowledged that while many collectors and enthusiasts will be keeping an eye on these lots, he is particularly excited to have Pappy on the lineup. “The Van Winkle family has always believed in the mission of speed. Making sure Pappy is included in this year’s auction supports this worthwhile cause, ”said Van Winkle, Pappy’s grandson and third generation whiskey maker.
Online bidding attracts serious bourbon enthusiasts and connoisseurs from across the nation. Bourbon experts say it is a decision which lot will dominate the most and steal the show. The event is curated with the support of Wall Street Journal-Best-selling author and renowned Bourbon critic Fred Minnick.
When it comes to Art of Bourbon, collectors primarily look for duties, which are old whiskey bottles that have not been produced for years. The Park & Tilford Private Stock bottle shows how coveted many of these brands have become as it represents a once forgotten era of American whiskey that is making a strong comeback – blends of straight whiskeys.
“This bottle received a premium for this category in the 1940s and 50s. Today it’s a piece of history in a bottle, ”said Minnick.
Kaveh Zamanian, founder and whiskey maker of Rabbit Hole, continues to ensure that Rabbit Hole plays a key role in supporting the speed auction. That year, the company donated a keg of Heigold Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey for a one-of-a-kind, exclusive, personal blending experience where the winner actually chooses the keg with Zamanian’s guidance and insight. You can’t get more insiders than that. Valued at $ 20,000, this experience sets the tone for other distillery donations.
“Just like Bourbon, the Speed Art Museum is part of our community’s culture and heritage,” said Zamanian. “Both the bourbon industry and the art world can work together to attract tourism, foster dialogue and curiosity, and add to the vibrancy of our city. For these reasons, Rabbit Hole is proud to offer our support. “
“This event has grown to be the most important nonprofit bourbon auction in the country,” said Minnick. “I’ve been working closely with Speed since 2018 to auction the rarest whiskey bottles and experiences of all time and raise almost half a million dollars for this institution.” All proceeds support educational programs and exhibitions at Speed.
Minnick, widely regarded as the world’s foremost bourbon authority, watches many of these lots and knows these offerings can make a difference. “These rare whiskeys can have a huge impact on one of the best art museums in our country. We have the vintage and the rare and the new and unique. These types of well-known bourbons don’t come across very often. This is really the case when buying a coveted bottle of bourbon goes a long way in supporting Speed’s mission. “
“On September 23, collectors will have the opportunity to buy and taste history, and this auction creates that opportunity,” said Jamar Mack, founder of KOBBE, Kentucky’s Original Black Bourbon Enthusiasts and one of several bourbon experts who curated the auction .
“You don’t get these bottles every day,” says Mack.
About the Speed Art Museum
The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky’s largest art museum. Her mission is to “invite everyone to celebrate art forever”. It is an independent and encyclopedic museum on the University of Louisville campus. In 1927, Louisville-based philanthropist Hattie Bishop Speed founded the Speed Art Museum with a belief in the power of art to change people’s lives. Include current exhibitions in Speed Collecting – A Love Story: Glass from the Adele and Leonard Leight Collection and Ralph Eugene Meatyards The unforeseen wilderness. For more information, visit www.speedmuseum.org.