Legent is a landscape changing bourbon. It takes what you expect from a Kentucky straight bourbon, expands it and opens it up to a world of new ideas and possibilities. Legent is a Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey partially finished in wine and sherry casks. But it's more than that. It pushes the boundaries for how bourbons can be created while remaining true to the core of bourbon's principles. It's a collaboration between two whiskey legends – Fred Noe & Shinji Fukuyo – and two unique styles of whiskey making.
It’s not often that two whiskey masterminds collaborate in the creation of something brand new. But Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s master distiller, and Shinji Fukuyo, Suntory Whisky’s chief blender, have been quietly working on this something new for the past several years. These two represent such different sides of the whiskey world, not just geographically, but fundamentally speaking. Now, they have unveiled the fruits of their labor. Legent Bourbon, a whiskey that could only be produced by combining the backgrounds and expertise of Noe and Fukuyo, has arrived.
Legent begins life as a Kentucky bourbon, matured for five years. This represents the biggest chunk of the final product. The two other pieces of the puzzle see that same bourbon get finished in different casks. The first parcel finishes in California red wine casks, and the second finishes in sherry casks. All are blended together by Fukuyo.
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Seven generations, more than 200 years, countless challenges and one goal: to make the best bourbon in the world. This is the story of Jim Beam®. Explore how one family has been creating and living one of the world's greatest legacies. FRED NOE 1957–PRESENT. Our current master distiller, known as the "Global Ambassador", expanded Jim Beam® to new markets and upholds the family traditions as master distiller, storyteller and innovative Kentucky bourbon man. FRED BOOKER NOE II 1929–2004. Jim Beam's daughter Margaret married into the Noe family, and a new name was brought into the Beam family tree. Her son, Booker Noe II, who was larger than life, became known as "The Innovator," revitalizing the declining bourbon category with his legendary Small Batch Bourbon Collection®.