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Thousand Dollar Mint Julep Cup‘s Tom Fischer tastes his first Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep with Master Distiller Chris Morris at Kentucky Derby 138.

Over the last 7 years, Woodford Reserve has raised more than $400,000 for equine-based charity.

“The taste is priceless,” says Tom after taking his first sip. “And so is the experience along with the knowledge that in name of bourbon so many people are helping a great cause..our Derby hats off to Woodford Reserve!”

All net proceeds from sales of the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cups in 2012 benefited The Heart of a Horse Foundation.This year, it was “double” everything with Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Bourbon and a variety of other ingredients listed below. Attendees could even purchase a $2,000 Mint Julep.

 The 2012 cup is double the exclusivity and delivered the a one-of-a-kind experience for Woodford Reserve and the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup. There were 75 total cups available and sold (2012 marking the 75th year the mint julep has been the official drink of the Kentucky Derby for purchase beginning April 16.


What rare ingredients are in $1000 mint julep? 

The 2012 $1,000 and $2,000 Mint Julep Cups featured “Double” the ingredients:

“Double” the Bourbon:

  • For the first time ever, the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup featured the new, ultra-premium Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, which we were the first to bring you a review of and tell you about on Double Oaked is twice barreled in White Oak with two unique barrels used to craft every bottle. Matured to perfection in handcrafted barrels created at Woodford Reserve’s own cooperage, the barrels are uniquely toasted and charred to create the rich flavor and color characteristics that are so distinctive in Double Oaked.

Gold 1000 Dollar Mint Julep Cup, 2000 Thousand Dollar Mint Julep


Double the Sugar:

  • Bourbon Mint Julep Sugar and Bourbon Vanilla Sugar from Bourbon Barrel Foods in Louisville, KY.The Bourbon-Mint Julep Sugar has all the rich caramel flavors of raw sugar as well as the refreshing flavors of mint while the Bourbon Vanilla Sugar is an all natural Demerara sugar that’s packed and aged with Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla beans to enhance the molasses flavors of the sugar with the richness of vanilla.

Double the Mint:

  • Rare Lemon mint grown in California as well as Kentucky Spearmint. The combination of the very unique Lemon mint and the Spearmint adds a fresh, light enhancement to the classic Mint Julep.

Double the Ice:

  • As Versailles, KY is named after Versailles, France and the two cities have shared that common bond for more than 200 years the $1,000 Mint Julep will use water from Versailles, KY where Woodford Reserve is crafted as well as water from France to honor the French roots of Versailles, KY – the home of Woodford Reserve.




Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris holding the $1000 Mint Julep's Tom Fischer with Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris holding the $1000 Mint Julep


Filmed and edited by Aaron Mikel and Produced by Mike Manning, hosted by Tom Fischer. 


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