Maker’s Mark Releases Final Limited Edition Bottle in Kentucky Wildcat Series

The full series of Kentucky Wildcat bottles. Courtesy Maker's Mark.
The full series of Kentucky Wildcat bottles. Courtesy Maker's Mark.

Maker’s Mark has announced the final bottle in their Kentucky Wildcat Series. As the fifth release in the series, this one commemorates the 2012 NCAA National Championship team coached by John Calipari.

This bottle completes the series of five annual releases benefiting The Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS) for student athletes at the university. Previous editions have celebrated championship teams in 1978, 1996, and 1998, as well as the four championship teams coached by Adolph Rupp.

This year’s Kentucky Wildcats Release. Photo Courtesy Maker’s Mark.

Bottles will be showing up on shelves at Kentucky retailers Friday, April 5th, and will contain the 90 proof wheated recipe Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky distilled in Loretto, Kentucky since 1954.

Fans of bourbon and basketball wanting their bottle signed by Coach Cal and members of the 2012 team can head to the Keene Barn at Keeneland Race Course at 7 AM on Friday, April 12th. To attend this bottle signing, fans must first register for their free ticket here at Registration opens online on Monday, April 8 at 8:30 AM.

Both the bottles and the tickets are expected to sell out, so to help you stay organized we’ve made this timeline:

Friday, April 5th – Bottles show up on shelves at retailers in Kentucky.

Monday, April 8th, 8:30 AMRegister online here for your bottle signing ticket.

Friday, April 12th, 7 AM – Bottle Signing event begins at Keeneland Racecourse.


Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.