6 Bourbon Wisdoms Worthy of Praise from a Master Distiller

A few months ago, Jim Beam® celebrated the launch of their first-ever single barrel bourbon with the Jim Beam® “Single Barrel, Single Statement” Contest. Fans were invited to share their own unique “statements” for a chance to be featured on actual bottle labels of Jim Beam® Single Barrel. Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller, Fred Noe, selected six of the finest fan statements, including two lucky Grand Prize Winners who also received a once-in-a-lifetime private bourbon tasting with Noe in their hometowns over the holiday season. Check out all winning statements below, and use your favorite the next time life calls for a toast.


Fred Noe of Jim Beam
Fred Noe, Jim Beam Master Distiller

Grand Prize Winners

Toast to the Past and the Adventure Ahead. – Joshua Stewart, Jacksonville, FL

Joshua’s story: “When I think about some of the big events in my life – college graduation, returning home from Iraq, trips to Vegas, my wedding reception – a glass of Jim Beam was always there. I suspect it will be close by for my next adventures in life as well.”

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Grand Prize Winner Joshua Stewart in his hometown Jacksonville, FL with Fred Noe.


Sometimes, it’s Good to be Single. – Jason Reyna, Dallas, TX

Jason’s story: “Great bourbon is something special that deserves to be taken seriously, but it’s also something that’s always been a part of good times, so I thought I’d have a little fun with my statement. My girlfriend of 11 years certainly got a kick out of it, and fortunately, so did the good people at Jim Beam.

As Grand Prize Winners, in addition to having their statement and names featured on actual bottle labels, Jason and Joshua received a personal visit from and private tasting with Jim Beam’s 7th Generation Master Distiller, Fred Noe (pictured above).

First Prize Winners

Good Bourbon is Like a Good Friend: Unforgettable. – Bob Karlovitz, Pittsburgh, PA

Bob’s story: “Relaxing with a good bourbon and an equally good friend is an activity that is hard to rival. After some hard work, an emotionally testing experience, or even something simple like a big win of your favorite team, a taste of bourbon is fitting.”

The Taste of Great Family Tradition. – Jerry Thompson, Louisville, KY

Jerry’s story: “I was introduced to Jim Beam in the late 1980’s and have been sold on the great taste every since. I introduced it to my brother’s and now they are Jim Beam lovers. Great bourbon and tradition has been passed down from the Beam family to my family and generations alike.”

Life, Like Single Barrel, is Best Savored Slowly. – Arlene Naganawa, Seattle, WA

Single Barrel. Countless Memories. – Robert Wyrick, Gibsonville, NC

Robert’s story: “My statement represents the ‘countless memories’ shared by my family, friends, and all those who have been there and raised their glasses with me.”

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