View Full Version : RIP: Truman Cox

02-10-2013, 07:47
I am very sad this morning to learn of the passing of Truman Cox, Master Distiller at A. Smith Bowman, and friend to many of us. The bourbon world has lost a great young talent. Dance on, Truman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYye1eeGoYs (http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv% 3DNYye1eeGoYs&h=fAQGh1a_FAQGLWmpyoV-wHa0EIwMxjqAlEyRRdlf3wqQYRg&s=1)

02-10-2013, 08:28
We have lost a friend of the whiskey community. I'll be having a pour of AB "gift shop" and private barrel JJB 14yo later today. RIP Truman.


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02-10-2013, 08:29
Such sad and stunning news Cliff but thank you for sharing.

02-10-2013, 08:47
Regrettable indeed.

02-10-2013, 09:01
Very sad to hear. Never met the man, but he obviously left his mark on many. RIP Mr. Cox. Makes today's choice of pours an easy one.

02-10-2013, 09:03
Tragic indeed and at such a young age,truly sad.

02-10-2013, 09:05
I couldn't believe this thread's title when I saw it. We had just been emailing back and forth on something last week. A true loss of a fine gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

02-10-2013, 09:31
Sad news. I'm glad to have a few bottles of Bowman's wonderful whiskey to enjoy into the future.

02-10-2013, 09:46
How old was Truman Cox and how did he die?

02-10-2013, 09:53
Truman was 44 and reportedly died of congestive heart failure.

02-10-2013, 10:36
Like someone else said, shocking and horrible news and at the peak of his career, too. He was gone way too soon. RIP.

02-10-2013, 10:50
Truman was 44 and reportedly died of congestive heart failure.

44? Sad news. Prayers to his wife and family. A significant loss to the whiskey community

02-10-2013, 10:53
This is the only report I've seen: http://lewbryson.blogspot.com/2013/02/truman-cox-gone-too-soon.html?m=1

02-10-2013, 11:00
I met Truman about 18 months ago at an event we were both doing. He was quick to share his knowledge with me and offered his help in any way he could. At Whiskey Fest in NYC, I also met his wife. While we weren't super close, I feel like I lost a friend. He was just "good people".

I'm saddened very much by this. Prayers for his family and for his business.

02-10-2013, 11:08
Holy crap I was just down at the distillery on Friday. He was looking great. He did some great stuff and will definitley be missed!

02-10-2013, 11:12
Truman was a valued member of Straightbourbon.com, sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm with all of us here. When the SB.com community congratulated him on becoming Master Distiller at A. Smith Bowman, etohchem (his handle here) posted this gracious thank you: http://www.straightbourbon.com/forums/showthread.php?16105-Congratulation-Etohchem&p=250779#post250779

02-10-2013, 11:20
Very sad news. RIP. Visited the distillery last July and his entusiasm and great natural abilities as a guide impressed me, and made the place and visit very memorable. A gifted and likeable person


02-10-2013, 12:09
He was such a friendly and fun guy to be around. Each time I went to the distillery he remembered my name and said hi. He was a great Master Distiller but an even better person.

02-10-2013, 12:16
If the thread looks out of kilter, I merged another thread about Truman's passing in to this one.

02-10-2013, 12:57
Enjoyed that Dance.

02-10-2013, 13:23
I found out this morning at 10:30 CST. Buffalo Trace emailed a short announcement. Yesterday we were helping him pick a name for his new dog. Everyone is shocked. So sad.

02-10-2013, 13:51
Wow, very sad indeed. I have very much enjoyed the TPS selections from A. Bowman. I actually have A special bottle being saved for my 40th to share with my twin. It is the 18 year old SB that was distilled on our bday in '93. Will have a nice pour of the 19 year old tonight.


02-10-2013, 17:25
Sad, sad day my friends. Way too young. Going to crack a L&K 14yr John J. Bowman in your honor brother.


RIP Truman. You will be missed.

02-10-2013, 18:26
I have been trying to think what to post on here all day. Truman never got a chance to get his feet wet at Bowman's. It's just such a missed opportunity he could have been one of the legends. Such a chance lost too sad.

02-10-2013, 21:17
Very sad. I never met Truman, but "knew" him from here at SB before he got the promotion. Damn shame it happened as his career was peaking. Thoughts to his family at this unexpected tragedy.

02-11-2013, 10:17
I was up there a little less than a year ago. I was the only person for a tour but Truman still spent almost two hours showing me around. I mentioned that I collected actual used barrel heads. Truman went into the back and produced a used Bowman barrel head. I asked him to sign it, which he did. He was so gracious and will be missed.

02-11-2013, 20:21
So sorry to hear this sad news. The bourbon world will miss him.

02-11-2013, 20:54
Very sad news indeed. It's taken me a while to be able to post my thoughts here.

Whenever I met Truman, he always took the time to chat with me for at least a few minutes regardless of how busy he was. The other thing that sticks out in my mind was how he greeted me, and probably everyone else too. It was always with a big smile, and a hearty handshake. That's how I'll remember Truman. That, and that he was also a helluva barrel dancer too.

Cheers Truman. You were truly one of the good guys, and you will be sorely missed.

02-12-2013, 09:21