We were truly saddened to hear that Truman Cox, Master Distiller of A. Smith Bowman Distillery, passed away on Saturday, February 9, after a short illness. In 2004, he became Lead Chemist at Buffalo Trace Distillery, and in 2011, Master Distiller at A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, VA. He leaves behind a wife, Susan, and a daughter, Emmy.
This morning, Buffalo Trace President/CEO, Mark Brown, sent out the following tribute:
“Truman’s death at such a young age and an exciting time in his life is very sad. He was a terrific, genuine person, full of energy and passion for the things he enjoyed most – his family and making great whiskey. He had a wonderful sense of humor and larger than life personality that could light up any room with his presence and enthusiasm. Having worked closely with him on his transition to A. Smith Bowman Distillery from Buffalo Trace Distillery I know well the dream and excitement we both shared for what could be. I am sorry that we will not now see that dream realized in his own unique way, it was going to be fun and exciting. True Master Distillers in our industry are very special people called upon to know their profession extraordinarily well and be able to communicate effectively with all types of audiences, we depend on them for so much. The loss of any true Master Distiller is an especially sad event. In the case of Truman, simply heartbreaking.”
You can read more about Truman here.