Maker’s Mark has not officially announced the honoree for the 2013 “Keeneland Bottle”, which is released each spring around the running of the Maker’s 46 Mile (formerly known as the Maker’s Mark Mile) thoroughbred race at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. However, if you had placed a bet on former University of Kentucky and ABA/NBA star Dan Issel, you’d be collecting on that ticket.
WhiskyCast has tracked down the label design for the 2013 Keeneland bottle featuring Issel, who was named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993 and held UK’s single-game scoring record for 39 years.
Sales of the annual Keeneland bottle benefit the Gill Heart Institute of UK HealthCare. The Keeneland bottle traditionally goes on sale around April 1 at retailers in Kentucky, Southern Indiana, and Southern Ohio, with a bottle signing at Keeneland on the morning of the Maker’s 46 Mile. This year’s race is scheduled for April 12.