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Issue 66 - An industry mourns

Whisky Magazine Issue 66
September 2007


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An industry mourns

The whisky world has paid tribute to one of its biggest supporters – Michael Jackson–long time Whisky Magazine contributor, author, journalist and towering authority on whisky and beer. Here is a selection from the forum and received directly by the Editor

The first memory of Michael? On the (then new) Channel 4. A Yorkshireman presenting a series on beer?! It was captivating, not just because of the subject matter, but of how he avoided the pretentiousness which is still the default setting for drinks broadcasting. He couldn't have done pretentious if you had given him a million bucks. He was too honest for that, he had too strong a sense of self.

Though he was dealing with fans he was unaffected by fame. MJ was never bigger than the subject, never didactic, there was no sense of the egotistical impulse.

The American microbrew industry, real ale in the UK, the birth of single malt, whisky and beer writing, none would exist as we know them without MJ. He was the touchstone and we all owe him an incalculable debt.

Now I'll never again be greeted with a “Hi buddy!” and a bear hug, there will be no more long car and plane rides fuelled by endless anecdotes. Travelling companion, colleague, collaborator, mentor, friend. Go well buddy.
Dave Broom

The team at Burn Stewart Distillers would like to pass their messages of sympathy to Michael's family, friends and colleagues, on the sad passing of a true whisky inspiration.

We were lucky enough to enjoy Michael's company at Whisky Live and were delighted when he agreed to join us to celebrate the relaunching of our Bunnahabhain Islay Malt Whisky on board the Royal Yacht Britannia in January 2006. Atrue gentleman, he spent an exemplary amount of time with our team and his insigh...

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