(Source: http://www.maltmaniacs.org/ )
This is very sad news, I have enjoyed his books, articles and tasting notes, his companion was the first whisky book I owned and it taught me the basics of the world of malts.
The good news is that symptoms are usually controllable with medication. The disease unfortunately does progress with time, usually over a period of 10-15 years. Newer therapies are out there which can slow or even prevent this decline in some cases though most are still regarded as experimental. The most high profile case of late has been the actor Michael J Fox who was diagnosed several years ago. He now actively campaigns for stem cell research which shows great promise in this area and I saw an interview with him on TV recently where if you didn't know his diagnosis you wouldn't have been able to tell.
The third edition Michael's Malt Whisky Companion was the first whisky book I ever bought at a time when I had tried Diageo's classic malts and needed some guidance of where to look next. This led directly to my first purchase of Ardbeg 10yo and if this was the only thing Michael had done to enhance my enjoyment of whisky I would owe him my eternal gratitude. Of course he has done so much more than that and his column is the first page I turn to when I open my new copy of Whisky Magazine.
I'd like to raise an extra dram to Michael. Good luck and best wishes mate. I look forward to your next column.
TheLaddie wrote:I'm sure Michael will reveal all when he wants to. No-one else has any right to tell us anything unless he wishes it.
No one is suggesting -- or requesting for that matter -- that information be revealed against michael's wishes! Just a confirmation from informed sources that this is indeed acurate. If no one knows, no one knows, that's fine too.
I trust and hope people will have a bit of dignity and no try to pick a fight in a context which deserves a little hauteur to be sure.
Oliver wrote:I trust and hope people will have a bit of dignity and no try to pick a fight in a context which deserves a little hauteur to be sure.
I'm sorry Oliver. I had no wish to pick a fight. I was just trying to point out that we should not be asking anyone else to confirm or refute anything. That should be down to the man himself if and when he wants to.
If I appeared to make the point agressively I'm sorry.
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