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Lincoln Henderson, Brown-Forman And Angel’s Envy Master Distiller, Dies At 75

September 12, 2013

Lincoln Henderson, longtime master distiller at Brown-Forman and Angel’s Envy, passed away Tuesday, September 10 at the age of 75. Known as the developer of some of American whiskey’s most prestigious brands—including Woodford Reserve, Gentleman Jack and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel—Henderson spent 40 years at Brown-Forman and earned Whisky Advocate’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2006, Henderson came out of retirement to begin crafting a new whiskey with his son Wes. The result was Angel’s Envy, a brand that in its relatively short time on the market has already garnered a host of critical acclaim, including a score of 93 points from Whisky Advocate for its core Bourbon. Angel’s Envy released a Rye offering earlier this year, and recently broke ground on a new $12 million distillery in downtown Louisville that is expected to have a capacity of 500,000 cases. For more on the storied life and career of Lincoln Henderson, see Whisky Advocate’s tribute here.

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