In celebration of the state of Alabama’s bicentennial, Buffalo Trace Distillery and the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board have partnered on a special commemorative release of Blanton’s single barrel bourbon.

Alabama bicentennial bourbonThis special release from the Frankfort, Kentucky, distillery will be available starting Thursday in a custom gift box depicting the state flag and historic imagery from Alabama’s 200-year history.

“Just like Buffalo Trace Distillery, Alabamians take great pride in their rich history and heritage,” said Alabama ABC Board Administrator Mac Gipson in a press release announcing the commemorative bourbon. “The 200th anniversary of our state’s founding is another wonderful opportunity for Buffalo Trace and the Alabama ABC Board to collaborate on this one-of-a-kind commemorative release.

“Alabamians who enjoy Blanton’s or any of the other Buffalo Trace offerings will want to add this special 200th anniversary release to their collection.”

Introduced in 1984 as the world’s first single barrel bourbon, Blanton’s is aged in Warehouse H at Buffalo Trace Distillery where Col. Albert B. Blanton used to handpick “honey barrels” when entertaining important guests.

The unique sphere-shaped bottles are capped with the company’s characteristic horse and jockey bottle stoppers, each marked with a single letter that spells Blanton’s when aligned.

When placed in order, the stoppers depict the different stages of Kentucky’s most famous horse race, the Kentucky Derby, from beginning to end.

Two single barrels of Blanton’s were hand-selected for this limited release.

In addition to the commemorative bicentennial bottles, the state will release some of its special barrel picks of Buffalo Trace and Weller Antique 107 bourbons.

The commemorative bicentennial bottles will be available in 750ml bottles and sold in 10 ABC stores across the state.