The Early Times Mint Julep is more than a Southern tradition its also the Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby®. So in 1999, we decided the bottle our mint julep came in should be as special as the drink and the race itself. In March of that year, the first Early Times Mint Julep commemorative bottle wrap was unveiled. Like all the bottle wraps since, it depicted a scene from Churchill Downs®, home of the Kentucky Derby® and one of the most famous racetracks in the world.
The bottle wrap was an instant success. In fact, people liked it so much they began collecting the bottles. And so another tradition was born.
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