What Legends are Made Of


It all starts with water, grains, fermentation, distillation, and maturation – but it’s the artful mixture of this process that makes for a legendary Bourbon. Enjoy an evening of Bourbon tasting as titans of the industry share insights that will enhance your knowledge and appreciation for the state’s most savored spirit.


5:00-8:00pm at Kentucky Derby Museum   |   Dinner provided

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Featured Bourbon Master:
Rob Samuels


Upcoming Legends

March 27: Maker's Mark®

Rob Samuels has been making his mark as an 8th-generation distiller. As Managing Director of the Maker's Mark Distillery, Rob's mission is to continue his grandparents’ legacy of crafting great bourbon, while focusing on making Star Hill Farm – the home of Maker’s Mark – a sustainable and culturally rich homeplace.

Evening Highlights:
✾ Enjoy dinner in the newly renovated Oaks Terrace
✾ Premiere the new Longshots exhibit before it opens to the public
✾ Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a bottle from the 2023 KDM’s Private Barrel Selection of Maker’s Mark® - limited quantity of available bottles for sale

Rob Samuels


✾ Maker’s Mark (90 proof)
✾ Maker’s Mark 46® (94 proof)
✾ Kentucky Derby Museum Private Selection
✾ Maker’s Mark Cellar Aged (varies – cask strength)
✾ Maker’s Mark Warehouse Comparison Sample (varies – cask strength)


Fred Minnick

Hosted by Fred Minnick

Kentucky Derby Museum's Legends Series offers three nights of casual yet in-depth conversations with pioneers and trials of the Bourbon industry. The 2024 Legends Series will be hosted by the museum's own Bourbon Authority, Fred Minnick. As a Wall Street Journal Best-Selling Author, Bourbon Curator, and Tasting Expert, Minnick will bring his unique expertise and perspective to this special event.

At the event, guests can enjoy the lively banter between Bourbon Master Fred Minnick and distillery owners and master distillers while sipping on curated selections of their Bourbons. The Legends Series, now in its 11th year, is designed to be a masterful and approachable experience for Bourbon lovers of all levels. This has earned it a place on the coveted “Bourbon Bucket List” by the online publication The Alcohol Professor.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Presenting Sponsor

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Contributing Sponsor

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*Must be age 21+ for Bourbon tasting. Purchase is nonrefundable.
Tickets will not be mailed. Bring your confirmation, your name will be on the check-in list the night of each event.


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