Massachusetts Beverage Business


LINCOLN HENDERSON 75 – Bourbon legend Lincoln Henderson passed away on September 1O.  One of the original pioneers of the premium bourbon and whiskey categories in the US and an inaugural member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, Henderson spent his life perfecting his craft and creating fine spirits.  He began serious study of bourbon as an undergrad in Oklahoma, ultimately graduating with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Louisville and an MBA from Webster University.  During his nearly 4O-year tenure as Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, he honed his skills while developing brands such as Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniel’s “Gentleman Jack” and Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel.  In recognition of his work, he was awarded Malt Advocate’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  Henderson came out of retirement in 2OO6 to create Angel’s Envy bourbon.  He believed that creating the best bourbons took equal parts science, art and luck, and he was known for experimenting with new spirits and methods such as finishing whiskey in barrels formerly used for sherry, rum, tequila, brandy, and port.  The brands he created include Angel’s Envy (finished in hand-selected port casks), Angel’s Envy Cask Strength and Angel’s Envy Rye.  Angel’s Envy Cask Strength was named “Best Spirit in the World” on Paul Pacult’s Top Spirits List in the June 2O13 edition of the SPIRIT JOURNAL.

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