Today, June 14th, is National Bourbon Day.
Not sure what you want to do to celebrate. How about dipping into your bank account for a very unique bottle of bourbon. Oh, and you’ll have to take a trip to Kentucky.
At the Fraizer Museum, in Lousiville, Ky, There are a few very special bottles of bourbon on sale.
They’re called the Final Reserve James Thompson and Brother Bourbon. Here’s the story behind them, according to the museum:
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 happened and in 1991 the Guinness Company bought Glenmore 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 in history.
James “Buddy” Thompson and his buddies tasted the aging bourbon every now and then and have finally decided 40-plus years in the barrel is long enough. It is time! All of the barrels have lost a good portion of their contents to the Angel’s share, but a limited and exclusive amount of the bourbon has carried through in grand fashion. The strength has grown from 107 barrel proof to an average of 115 barrel proof today.
Curious what it tastes like?
According to Buddy, its characteristics include, “A fabulous aroma and an expected deep mahogany color. The tannins are strong, but I like a bite with my Bourbon.”
The oldest barrel was 45 years old.
Bottles from that barrel went on sale in March, for $1,800 in a beautiful presentation box.
They sold out in 2 hours (with many people camping out for 24 hours or more before they went on sale to get a good place in line). If you think that’s pricey, think of it as an investment. Collectors believe one of those first $1,800 bottles of Final Reserve could sell for $10 000 – $20 000 when resold.
The 44 year-old bottles were the second release. They sold out pretty quickly, too.
Today, they released some of the bottles from the 43-year-old barrel. But there are only a few dozen still available.
What’s even better than historic bourbon? 100% of the profits from the sales of these bottles is going to the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation.
P.S. If you are stopping by the museum, say hi to the French 4-pounder Bronze cannon made by Campbell Cannon and Carriage Works.