The world’s most exclusive mint julep cup

The world’s most exclusive mint julep cup was unveiled by Woodford Reserve, the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby.

Celebrating the gold standard that Woodford Reserve has set by winning gold medals at every major spirits competition, the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will feature 89 gold-highlighted julep cups, exclusive gold-influenced ingredients and a unique Golden Opportunity auction experience that puts the winning bidder in the Winner’s Circle on Kentucky Derby Day. Proceeds will benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center.

In honor of the 89th year that the Kentucky Derby winner has been awarded the gold trophy, there will be a total of 89 cups available. 79 Distinguished Cups available for $1,000 each feature a hand-engraved Thoroughbred and rider from atop the Kentucky Derby gold trophy and a gold-plated garland of roses.

Available for auction with starting bids of $2,000, 9 Legendary Cups display a gold-plated Thoroughbred and rider medallion with brilliant cut diamonds.

One Legendary Cup is also included in the Golden Opportunity auction experience package with an opening bid of $5,000.

The winning bidder will present the trophy for the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day and also enjoy a private tour and dinner at Woodford Reserve Distillery plus a private tour of Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center with a Hall of Fame jockey.

2013 marks the eighth year of the program with more than $354,000 raised for equine and humanitarian causes.