Derby City Gaming & Hotel Releases “Thoroughbred Collection” Limited Edition Bourbons

First Release “Starting Gate” four grain single barrel selected from the personal collection of Tim Knittel, the Official Bourbon Ambassador of Churchill Downs


Louisville, KY – Tuesday April 23, 2024

Derby City Gaming and Hotel at 4520 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, KY 40213 proudly announces the release of the first expression in their “Thoroughbred Collection” series of limited edition, unique Bourbons. 

The “Thoroughbred Collection” is inspired by the two signature industries of Kentucky, horse racing and Bourbon whiskey, which are both embodied and celebrated at Derby City Gaming and Hotel. 

The inaugural release, named “Starting Gate,” is a meticulously crafted four-grain, pot still, single-barrel Kentucky Bourbon aged for 6 ½ years, and was handpicked from the private barrel collection of Tim Knittel, the Official Bourbon Ambassador of Churchill Downs. This exceptional Bourbon is characterized by its rich complexity and unexpected smoothness, and is bottled at barrel strength. 

“The ‘Thoroughbred Collection’ represents a fusion of the finest aspects of our state’s heritage,” said Chad Sullivan, Director of Food & Beverage at Derby City Gaming and Hotel. “We are thrilled to offer something so special that symbolizes the elegance and spirit of Kentucky’s horse racing and Bourbon cultures together.” 

“Starting Gate” has a limited release of only 168 bottles priced at $200 each and available exclusively at Derby City Gaming & Hotel.

“Because of my unique position in the Kentucky Bourbon industry, I’m often offered exclusive access to rare and unusual single barrels. I’m excited to be able to offer one of them as the ‘Thoroughbred Collection’ inaugural release,” said Knittel. “This is one of the most exceptional barrels with the most unique backstory in my collection. Bourbon enthusiasts will never see another release quite like this one.” 

Tim Knittel will be on site for bottle signings on:
Thursday, May 2, 3pm-8pm
& Sunday, May 5, 9am-12pm 

Additionally anytime after 5PM on Thurby 2024, bottles can be purchased by going to Derby City Gaming’s restaurant, Oliver’s Chop House & Bourbon Bar, & asking any bartender, server, or manager.  Bottle pick-up at the restaurant include the hours of Wednesday through Sunday from 5PM to 9PM. 

For purchasing details, special tasting events, and more information, please contact Chad Sullivan at 502-961-7605 or Visit us at 4520 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, KY, to secure your bottle of this exquisite bourbon and to enjoy the luxurious amenities the hotel has to offer. 

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Tasting notes: Starting Gate 2024 Release

Nose: pronounced wheat and grains, dry oak, complex fruit dominated by apricot with hints of lime and orange blossom

Taste: Dry grains and toast, dry tobacco, black pepper, clove

Finish: Lingering, starts with tobacco, then the sweet note rises with a return of apricot and other stone fruit

Ice: Enhances the sweetness with caramel apple, banana bread, nutmeg, deep red cherry, cinnamon, mint and citrus

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Photo of bottle and glencairn glass of bourbon of Oliver's Chop House & Bourbon Bar at Derby City Gaming - Thoroughbred Collection Limited Edition Bourbon "Starting Gate"