We were all saddened, though not surprised, by Michael's passing. He had been ill for many years. Having known him since 1985 (ouch!) I was greatly struck by the way in which he bore his increasing infirmity with fortitude and great good humour.
Everyone in the world of whisky and, let's not forget, beer owe him a debt of gratitude. He will be sorely missed.
I am trying to contact the family to discuss the possibiltiy of a Memorial Service and a Festschrift is also under discussion.
Michael's contribution to drinks writing will live on and inspire us all.