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drink is served in a silver or pewter cup, held by the bottom and top rim only to prevent the drinker’s hand from freezing against the icecold metal. A double old-fashioned glass or Collins glass works equally well for those not accoutered in proper Kentucky fashion. As for my trip to the Kentucky Derby with Samuels, don’t ask me who won that year; I don’t remember anything past the third race. 1. Maker s Mark Bourbon ($22) Mouth-filling flavors of vanilla and toast with a marvelously balanced finish a classic bourbon that should be a staple on every bar. 2. Evan Williams 1999 Single Barrel Vintage Bourbon ($26) Lovely sweet toasted oak nose smooth and floral with notes of rose and brown sugar mellow vanilla American oak and caramel. 2:59 PM Page 1 DOING IT See the Kentucky Derby in style with Premiere Sports Travel which offers several ways to watch the most exciting two minutes in sports. Three-night packages include grandstand access private cocktail parties and on-site staff to ensure a rosy experience. Also available are five- and six-night guided farm tours of some of Kentucky s most exclusive horse venues. Tip: Make sure to take a walk through the museum at Churchill Downs and wear your best Derby attire – the bigger the hat the better. Departure: April 30 2009 from $2 425. STARCLIPPERSvirtuosoJan09:Layout 1 1/23/09 3. Jefferson s Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($50) A small-batch product that s rich dense and spicy with sweet oak and creamy vanilla notes long silky and balanced with lovely texture and finesse. 4. Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon ($35) Elegant toasty dry and smoky with smooth vanilla notes a gorgeous bourbon from the historic Buffalo Trace Distillery. 5. Hirsch Small Batch Reserve Kentucky Bourbon ($36) Toasty smooth and edgy with complex flavors of spice dried fruit vanilla and brown sugar. STAR CLIPPERS Star Clippers invites you on an intimate exploration of Tahiti and her islands on board a glorious tall ship. Come aboard Star Flyer for an unparalleled megayacht sailing experience as the ship circles the islands for breathtaking scenic cruising and glides through Tahiti’s azure seas into rarely visited lagoons teeming with marine life. The seven-, 10- and 11-day round-trip Papeete, Tahiti, itineraries call at island jewels throughout the Society Islands and Tuamotus Atolls. The region’s powdery beaches and crystalline waters are juxtaposed against the lush tropical foliage, wild jungle-like scenery and steep mountains descending into protected bays. Sail Tahiti from $2,445* ppdo with FREE AIR from Los Angeles! For reservations, please call your Virtuoso Travel Advisor. Sail Tahiti. Fly Free. *Restrictions Apply. Valid for North & Latin American Residents only. Port charges included. Air taxes additional. Registry: Luxembourg.