Ragged Branch to Release Secretariat-Inspired Bourbon


March 23, 2023

Ragged Branch Secretariat Reserve Bourbon bottle square

Ragged Branch Distillery, a farm-to-glass whiskey distillery in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, announced the launch of a special bourbon celebrating the 50th anniversary of Secretariat’s historic Triple Crown win.

In 1973 at just three years old, Virginia-foaled Secretariat won racing’s greatest hat trick: the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes. His Triple Crown victories set records that have never been broken, and his legendary performance remains one of the greatest sports stories of all time. In honor of this hometown hero, Ragged Branch Distillery used corn grown on the farm where Secretariat was born, earmarking it for a special bourbon to honor “Big Red.”

“Both Secretariat and Ragged Branch represent Virginia excellence. They’re truly top of the line,” Kate Chenery Tweedy, daughter of Penny Chenery, who raised Secretariat, said. “We had no idea back in 1973 that Secretariat’s records would never be surpassed and we’d still be talking about him fifty years later as the best of the best.”

Ragged Branch Secretariat Reserve was made from a mash bill of corn, rye, and malted barley. Aged for over five years and Bottled-in-Bond, the bourbon is priced at $99.99 MSRP. It will launch on April 22 in Virginia ABC stores and at the Ragged Branch Distillery, with limited availability to follow in several mid-Atlantic markets and a few select, online retailers.

The commemorative bottle features unique art by New York based artist Eric Helvie. Concurrent with the bourbon’s debut, a new larger-than-life-size statue of Secretariat will be erected in Ashland, Va., following a “Triple Crown Tour” that will bring it to racecourses throughout the 2023 season.

For more information, visit https://www.raggedbranch.com/.