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A sad for Jack Daniel’s drinkers

February 25th, 2008

There will be some large shoes to fill at the Jack Daniel Distillery come April. I just received news that Jimmy Bedford, Master Distiller of the Jack Daniel Distillery, has announced his retirement. His last day is March 31, 2008. 

“This year marks my 40th with the Jack Daniel Distillery and my 20th year as the master distiller,” said Bedford.  “And it seemed like a good time to make the decision I’ve been thinking about for some time.  It’s time I step aside and let the next generation continue the Jack Daniel’s tradition.”

Anyone who has met Jimmy at WhiskyFest or other events knows what a great guy he is.

Jimmy, WhiskyFest won’t be the same without you. We will miss you dearly.

No decision on his replacement has been announced, but one is expected soon. 

3 Responses to “A sad for Jack Daniel’s drinkers”

  1. JeePee says:

    A big THANK YOU Jimmy for taking care of such a good product, a Tennessee whiskey to be proud of. I had the luck in meeting you several times in the past and got a lot of my collectables singed.
    Best thing that I will remember is the personal letter you wrote me last january 2008 right after my double lung transplantation here in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. This was such a surprise and it gave me extra energy to recover.

    THANKS JIMMY for beeing there for all Jack Daniels Collectors over the world!

    I hope to visit you one day on your farm and share some history chat.

    Jean-Paul Schuurbiers aka JeePee

  2. Thank you Jimmy for being a wonderful ambassador and bringing your passion and knowledge for Jack Daniels around the world. We have met numerous times and everytime it was an honor to meet you and talk to you.
    I will treasure those times, and I look forward to seeing you around Lynchburg.

    Best wishes on your retirement, and god bless you and your family.

  3. Reignee says:

    I just would like to say that I personaly drink JD with green tea. I have five kids and keep up my figure (health). I always say it’s about balance. Coke has to much surgar. JD has never failed me to be the mom in the middle of the night or get up the next morning. You can be a great mom and be a fun wife at the same time. Kudos to the Jack. I jokr because of my twins and say one is named Jack and the other Daniel!!

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