The whiskey world woke up to some sad and shocking news this morning. Truman Cox, 44, master distiller at A. Smith Bowman Distillery in Virginia, and formerly chief chemist at Buffalo Trace in Kentucky, died last night after a very brief illness.
Yesterday, we were helping him pick a name for his new dog.
He leaves behind a wife, young daughter, and legions of friends and admirers. Truman was one of the first industry people to participate in online bourbon enthusiast groups. He was simply a great guy, invariably funny and friendly, always ready to answer a question or explain a process, somebody you could always turn to.
Sadly, this is how it goes for all of us, but no matter how many times it happens, it never gets easy to say goodbye to a friend.