Alright, folks, mark your calendars for Thursday, September 24th. The Louisville Speed Art Museum is holding their “Art Of Bourbon” online auction. It’s free to bid or participate but, registration is required. You can register here https://artofbourbon.org/  So go ahead and sign up!

Now that you’ve registered, we can dive into the fun part. There will be whisk(e)y involved!!

This event combines Kentucky’s official art museum with Kentucky (and mine and yours) most prized product to give you a fantastic whiskey auction. During the past two years, the museum has auctioned off some of the rarest whisky bottles and experiences ever. Expect nothing less this year. Exclusive and single-barreled whiskies along with exclusive bourbon experiences are all up for grabs. This will surely be something you’ll want to take part in. If you haven’t already, go and register. I’ll wait.

Here is a dram of what you can expect to see up for auction:

Black Bowmore 1964 50-Year-Old, The Last Cask  Estimate: $60,000 – $80,000

Maker’s Mark Barrel Selection: Your Own Unique Barrel of Maker’s Mark and Dale Chihuly Artwork  Estimate: $22,000

Knob Creek Single Barrel Select Rye Experience  Estimate: $18,000 

Hermitage Farm and Barn8 Restaurant Immersive Journey Estimate: $7,000

Here’s your chance to step back in time and enjoy an original Kentucky land grant farm. Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown invite 4 people to stay at the historic Hermitage Farm “Main House,” in Oldham County, Ky. As part of this bespoke experience, Steve and Laura Lee are including six bottles that are housed as part of the on-site Barn8 Restaurant barrel selections, and one very rare vintage bottle: • a rare 1973 Old Fitzgerald “Hospitality Decanter” • Weller Full Proof • Woodford Reserve • Woodford Reserve Double Oaked • Old Forester • Maker’s Mark Private Select • New Riff

In addition, as part of this bucolic getaway, you and your friends enjoy a privileged VIP bourbon tasting led by Bourbon Steward Adam Walpole as well as two crafted and curated dinners, one being in the Greenhouse, by Barn8 Executive Chef Alison Settle. The package also features a Royal Brunch under the canopy where Queen Elizabeth viewed yearlings in 1984 as well as special ride in an antique carriage. Cap-off this experience with a walk through the newly unveiled Art Walk “Night Magic,’ created by acclaimed artist Ricardo Rivera. The Art Walk just opened this month. 

Michter’s 25-Year-Old Estimate: $7,000

Old Fitzgerald 6-Year Bottled-in-Bond, 1961  Estimate: $1,500

Old Taylor 1960  Estimate: $1,000

Willett Family Estate Single Barrel Collection, 3 bottles Estimate: $750 Hand selected by Eternal Optimist Hospitality & Willett Master Distiller Drew Kulsveen, these are some of the earliest barrels to be filled with Willett’s own product: Willett Family Estate Bottled Single Barrel Bourbon – 6 Year, Barrel 191 Willett Family Estate Bottled Single Barrel Bourbon – 7 Year, Barrel 44 “Feast BBQ” Willett Family Estate Bottled Single Barrel Rye Whiskey – 6 Year, Barrel 233 

Heaven’s Door Bootleg Series: 2019 Edition, Limited Release  Estimate: $500

This last little bit may be the most important, all proceeds from this auction support education programs and exhibitions at the Speed Art Museum.

So, September 24th 2020 get your bidding fingers ready. 6:30pm ET: Hell or High water pre-show with Fred Minnick 7:05pm ET: Live auction

Make sure you head over to https://artofbourbon.org/ to register for this free event as well as get any additional information!

Happy Bidding, Y’all

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  1. Morning Renee,
    Amazing Article, these are some unique bottles of bourbon. Thank you for sharing I look forward to reading the rest of you are please. Well done.

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