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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- He was called a Kentucky bourbon legend. Lincoln Henderson, the Master Distiller of Angel's Envy, passed away Tuesday at age 75.
He pioneered the premium bourbon and whiskey categories in the U.S., and was an inaugural member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame.
He spent 40 years as Master Distiller at Brown-Forman, where he developed brands such as Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels's "Gentleman Jack," and Jack Daniel's Single Barrel.
He came out of retirement in 2006 and created Angel's Envy, a small batch artisan bourbon which is finished in port casks. Wine Enthusiast Magazine gave it 98 points, the highest-ever rating for a bourbon.
"I lost my Dad and best friend today, but I am blessed and grateful that together we created a brand that we're both incredibly proud of," said Wes Henderson, Chief Operating Officer of Angel's Envy. "Dad is with the angels now, but we will proudly carry on his legacy and keep his memory alive."