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The new 1996 National Championship team Maker’s Mark bottles go on sale Friday

2017 Bottle

About a month ago, we gave you a sneak peek of the new Maker’s Mark bottle commemorating the 1996 national championship team, the third in a five-part series honoring Kentucky’s national championships. The series is a collaboration between UK Athletics, Maker’s Mark, and Keeneland to raise money for UK’s Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS), which recently expanded to the south side of campus in the new football training facility.

This year’s bottles honoring “The Untouchables” will go on sale at retail outlets throughout Kentucky on Friday, April 7 (even though it seems a few of you have already gotten your hands on some). The first two bottles in the series featured legendary coaches Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall, along with the 1978 national championship team.

“Our ’96 championship team was one of the best not only in the history of our program, but in the history of college basketball,” Barnhart said. “This iconic bottle is a fitting tribute to them and all they accomplished during that historic season.”

A bottle signing of this year’s commemorative Maker’s Mark® bottle will take place at the Keeneland Entertainment Center on the morning of Friday, April 14. Details are available on That afternoon, Keeneland will feature some of the nation’s top turf horses in the 30thrunning of the $300,000 Maker’s 46 Mile (G1).

Bottles released in 2018 and 2019 will complete the five-bottle series to benefit the CATS program.

Overall UK Series - 15-17

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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12 Comments for The new 1996 National Championship team Maker’s Mark bottles go on sale Friday

  1. Kevin C
    9:37 am April 5, 2017 Permalink

    If you can’t manage to get the whole set, it would suck to only get 1 of the first 2. Who wants “KENT” or “UCKY” displayed on a commemorative bottle?

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    9:43 am April 5, 2017 Permalink

    I was just thinking the same thing about the UCKY bottle…

  3. Ukgrad2006
    10:43 am April 5, 2017 Permalink

    How many are they making??

  4. pancakesfordinner
    1:55 pm April 5, 2017 Permalink

    Why even bother? According to Rick Pitino, the 2016-2016 Louisville cardinals were a better team. I’m sure they would have won the tourney, you know, had they not self suspended for hiring hookers for their recruits.

  5. Mules
    5:17 pm April 5, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone needing an original 1996? I need to thin the collectibles!

  6. Trevor
    3:23 am April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Does anyone know how much these run?

  7. Ukgrad2006
    10:31 am April 6, 2017 Permalink

    Think I paid $85 for the 78′ bottle last year at Big Daddy Liquor store on Woodland Ave. Could run up $100-$150 on the secondary market.