Woodford Reserve is honoring “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” with the release of its 2021 commemorative Kentucky Derby bottle. This year’s vessel features the artwork of Louisville resident Richard Sullivan, a former professional baseball player.
Sullivan’s watercolor is of thoroughbreds as they thunder down the stretch. It was designed as a complement to last year’s Derby bottle artwork, which Sullivan also created. “The Kentucky Derby is resplendent with color, pageantry, and pure athleticism — and I wanted to capture that in my artwork,” Sullivan said.
“There is a depth of beauty in Richard’s watercolors — and his back-to-back Derby bottles are a winning exacta,” said Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris.
The one-liter bottles of Woodford Reserve Bourbon are on sale across the United States and the globe with a retail price of $49.99. It is available for pre-sale starting March 2 on Reserve Bar.
Sullivan played baseball at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), and in 2008, he was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round as a junior and played six years of minor league baseball. He returned to SCAD in 2014 to finish his degree and focus exclusively on his artwork.
His work is featured across the United States, including at The Atlanta Braves Truist Park, Mercedes Benz Stadium, and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Sullivan said he enjoys the parallels between sports and creativity, connecting two seemingly divided worlds that, in reality, require the same sense of dedication, practice, and expertise.
The Derby bottle has been an annual collector’s item anticipated by Bourbon and racing fans since 1999.
If you’re looking to mix up some cocktails with your Woodford Reserve 2021 Kentucky Derby Bottle, we put together a list of six essential cocktails that are sure to get your ready for the greatest two minutes in sports.
In January, Woodford Reserve released its 2021 expression of Double Double Oaked Bourbon. The Whiskey is part of an annual series that celebrates Master Distiller Chris Morris’ commitment to innovation and craftsmanship.