Jim Beam's Master Distiller Ponders a Retirement Bourbon

Noe in New York on Wednesday Photograph by Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

After a lifetime in the bourbon business, Fred Noe is contemplating his legacy. The master distiller of Beam Suntory, America’s largest bourbon maker, plans to distill a legacy bourbon late this year or early next year, one of the initial stages as Noe—the great-grandson of founder James Beam—prepares to ease into retirement.

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