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A bronze statue of Frederick Booker Noe II (1929-2004), Kentucky’s great ambassador of bourbon, is located at the Jim Beam Visitor Center and Distillery in Clermont, Ky. Booker Noe, who was Jim Beam’s grandson, served as a master bourbon distiller for more than 40 years. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Jon Echternacht)

Jon's Jottings: Say it ain’t so Jim; Say it ain't so

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The late Booker Noe is most certainly turning over in his grave.

For the uninformed, Booker Noe (Fredrick Booker Noe II, 1929-2004) was the master distiller at Jim Beam Distillery for more than 40 years. He was also the grandson of Jim Beam himself.

It was recently announced the iconic American spirit label, Jim Beam Bourbon, was sold to a Japanese company.

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