Some sad news from the world of whiskey today. Truman Cox – master distiller for A. Smith Bowman Distillery, suddenly passed yesterday.
All of our thoughts and prayers are with the Cox family at this time of bereavement. The following comes from Sazerac –
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Truman Cox, Master Distiller of our A. Smith Bowman Distillery. Truman passed away on Saturday, February 9 after a short illness. Truman joined the company in 2004 as Lead Chemist at Buffalo Trace Distillery and in 2011 realized his dream to become the Master Distiller at A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Truman’s passion for our industry was evident to everyone who knew him and he left a notable and positive mark on our company in the time he was with us.
Truman will be sadly missed by his many friends at Sazerac and in the industry. Please keep Truman, his wife Susan, and daughter Emmy in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral arrangements have yet to be determined.
Beer and whiskey writer Lew Bryson says it best:
He was enjoying his new job — and bottling some excellent whiskey! — having great fun as husband and father, and happy as a pig in shit. He was technically gifted, and had an absolutely honest pleasure in working, in explaining the distillery to visitors, and in spreading the good word about whiskey
Tonight, raise a dram for Truman.