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Who wants to line up for an $1,800 bottle of bourbon?

by Robin Garr » Wed Feb 28, 2018 12:23 pm

Not me! I'm posting this news release unedited, though, for your information or entertainment as you may choose.

When It’s Gone, It’s Gone!

Collectors are already Camping-Out at Frazier to Purchase Rare Bourbon


“Frazier History Museum’s First Package Liquor Sale Features Bourbon Aged 45 Years”



Louisville, KY (February, 28, 2018) – For the very first time a bourbon that aged 45 years in the barrel will be available to Bourbon enthusiasts for purchase. The Frazier History Museum, as the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail® and Welcome Center, is partnering with Final Reserve, James Thompson & Brother Bourbon and its owner James “Buddy Thompson in this introduction.

The first two bottles have been presented to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. 90% of all profits from the sale will benefit various Veterans Groups and 10% will benefit the Frazier History Museum.


· Sales will begin at 9:00 a.m. March 1st at the Frazier. We will have stanchioned line in place on February 28 at 9:00 a.m.

· Fewer than 150 people will have the chance to purchase the Collector Box Set

· Because of high demand, we are limiting purchases to one set per person

· The cost is $1800 plus $108 sales tax with all profits going to charity

· Reminder: must be 21 years old to purchase (valid ID required)

· Accepted payment methods: Cash or credit card; we will not accept checks

· Once purchased, the set is the responsibility of the purchaser. No refunds or replacements are available

· Line order numbers will be assigned prior to the sale

*The 9:00 a.m. collector box set sale and 6:30 p.m. evening tasting are two separate events. We expect collector box sets to be sold out by the Final Reserve tasting event Thursday evening.

Media covering the event will have access to “James Buddy” Thompson, hard-core Bourbon fans who braved the elements to purchase fine Kentucky Bourbon, and decorated military including a medal of honor recipient.


The Story:

Final Reserve – James Thompson & Brother

In the early 1970’s Glenmore Distilleries was anticipating several anniversary events and thought it would be nice to have some really old Bourbon for commemorative bottling, so a few barrels of the oldest recipe were set aside to rest a while longer.

Unexpected things happen and in 1991 Glenmore was acquired by the Guinness Company and it became a small part of a very large and successful enterprise. By then the old bourbon distillery had been dismantled and its unique configuration was destroyed, marking the end of an era and the end of a product and its tradition. Still, the selected barrels that had been set aside slept on for another two decades, their contents spending more time in the barrel than any bourbon available in the market.

Buddy and his friends tasted the aging bourbon every now and then and decided 40-plus years in the barrel is long enough. It was time! All of the barrels have lost a major portion of their contents to the Angel’s Share, but a limited amount of the bourbon carried through in grand fashion. The strength has grown from 107 to an average of 115-barrel proof today. Final Reserve, James Thompson & Brother Bourbon was bottled at Strong Spirits in Bardstown, KY on Wednesday, December 13th, 2017.

James “Buddy” Thompson, the former President of Glenmore Distillery, is a pilot, an inventor, and builder. He is 86-years-old. After earning an engineering degree at Yale in 1954 Thompson worked a few years at the family distillery, then graduated from U of L School of Law in 1962. He was active in community events, such as the United Way, the Airport Authority and the J Graham Brown Cancer Center. Thompson has a been flying since the age of 13, earning his pilot’s license when the law would allow, after the age of 16. He now not only flies airplanes, he also builds them, along with blimps and other air-born engineering marvels. In 1974 Thompson rejoined Glenmore when his brother was stricken with cancer. He remained in the management of the company until 1991, when Guinness acquired Glenmore. Thompson stayed on until his retirement in 1996. Final Reserve, James Thompson & Brother Bourbon, is a celebration of the Thompson family’s great name in Kentucky and Bourbon history.

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