Sazerac master distiller Truman Cox dies

12th February, 2013 by Melita Kiely

Truman Cox, master distiller of Sazerac’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery, has died suddenly at the age of 44 following a short illness.

Truman-Cox A Smith Bowman Distillery

Truman Cox, master distiller of Sazerac’s A. Smith Bowman Distilleryhas passed away

The announcement was made on Sunday by Sazerac after Cox passed away on Saturday night, 7 February.

Cox, who was born and raised in Northern Indiana, joined Sazerac in 2004 as lead chemist at Buffalo Trace Distillery. He later realised his dream to become master distiller at A. Bowman Smith Distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

In October 2011, Cox became master distiller of A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Fredericksburg, Virginia, succeeding long time master distiller Joe Dangler.

During his time as master distiller Cox oversaw the successful opening of A. Smith Bowman’s visitor centre, which enabled visitors to taste some of the Bourbons on the Bowman portfolio and learn about the distillery’s history.

“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,” said a spokesperson for Sazerac. “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 are yet to be determined.

3 Responses to “Sazerac master distiller Truman Cox dies”

  1. Richard Turner says:

    I never met Truman; mores the pity. I did trade a few e-mails with him over a year ago, and found him to be a very open, accessible, and friendly fellow. After those few e-mails, I put it on my ‘Bucket List’ to be sure to meet Truman in person, and tell him how much I appreciated his honesty and his willingness to discuss his passion (and mine): Bourbon. Sadly, I will never have that opportunity. Please pass my condolences and wishes for as pleasant a grieving process is possible for all his family and close friends, whom I’m sure must must be missing Truman terribly. I’m sure he will be missed for a very long time.

    • Mister Julian says:

      I was able to meet him—well, not really—I spoke with him briefly at WhiskyFest NY, 2012. I’ve no reason to doubt that he was a great guy, though. As for the whiskey coming out of the A. Smith Bowman distillery in the last couple of years, it has been simply amazing. Abraham Bowman was the top of the line, I know, but to my taste, the best was John J. Bowman. If quality is what counts, and it isn’t always, it will become a highly sought after bourbon. Still, I can’t believe Truman was only 44. My age. Excuse me, I need to go eat my vegetables.

  2. William Pilson says:

    My wife and I met Truman on our tour of the Distillery when we came by back in 2012 I think. Wonderful guy taken WAY too soon. We bought a bottle of 147 proof that he signed.
    Enjoying a taste right now!1


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