Thought I'd share this group photo from last night's Michael Jackson Dinner at the Craigellachie Hotel in Speyside. Thanks to Hans and Becky Offringa and Martine Nouet for making the evening possible, along with Kevin, Lyndsey, and the entire staff at the Craigellachie.
By the way, there was a raffle with rare whiskies, books, and other goodies to benefit the Parkinsons Society...if you're relatively new to the whisky world, Michael died of complications from Parkinsons eight years ago...far too soon. The raffle raised £2,200 for the society!
One sad note to report from my trip to Scotland. While at the Michael Jackson Memorial Dinner last night at the Craigellachie Hotel, Martine Nouet announced that Helen Arthur passed away over the weekend.
While many newcomers to the whisky world may never have heard of Helen, she and Martine were the first two women to write about whisky on a regular basis starting back in the late 80's and early 90's. Helen was 67 years old, and from what I understand, had been in failing health in recent weeks.
I had one chance to meet her about five years ago at The Glenlivet...and found her to be a warm, engaging person whom I wish I had been able to spend more time with.
Rest in peace, Helen...and have a dram of the angel's share with Michael for us!