It’s going to be a long, wet day and night for these campers. | Courtesy of Frazier History Museum

People are lining up outside the Frazier History Museum in hopes of purchasing an $1,800 bottle of 45-year-old bourbon, which goes on sale Thursday, March 1, at 9 a.m. Less than 150 bottles of Final Reserve: James Thompson & Brother Bourbon will be for sale.

The Frazier is hosting a sold-out event Thursday night as part of this week’s Bourbon Classic, where attendees get to sample one of the oldest bourbons ever sold, which is being released by James “Buddy” Thompson, former president of Kentucky’s Glenmore Distillery.

Final Reserve is a 45-year-old bourbon. | Courtesy of Final Reserve

Ninety percent of the profit goes to various veteran’s groups and 10 percent to the Frazier History Museum.

According to a news release by Frazier, less than 150 Collector Box Set bottles will be sold, and it’s one per person. The cost is $1,800, with an additional $108 in sales tax.

We talked to some of our bourbon buddies who tinker on the black market, and they believe a bottle of Final Reserve could sell anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000.

Of course, you’ve got to know the right people — and it’s totally illegal to re-sell alcohol (to another consumer who is not a bar or liquor store) in the United States.

Just sayin’.

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Sara Havens
Sara Havens is the Culture Editor at Insider Louisville, known around town as the Bar Belle ( She's a former editor of LEO Weekly and has written for Playboy and The Alcohol Professor. Havens is the author of two books: "The Bar Belle" and "The Bar Belle Vol. 2."