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2:08 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson Dies

Bourbon legend Lincoln Henderson, speaking in July
Credit Rick Howlett

A master distiller who helped create the Woodford Reserve brand for Brown-Forman and came out of retirement in 2006 to help launch Angel's Envy has died.

A statement from Angel's Envy says 75-year-old Lincoln Henderson died late Tuesday. It did not give a reason.

Henderson was well-known and respected in the industry and was named as an inaugural member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.

A statement from Brown-Forman said Henderson worked for the company nearly 40 years and was a "titan of the Kentucky bourbon industry."  It said he tasted more than 430,000 barrels of bourbon to determine whether they were ready for bottling.