Single malts diversify


American food, wine, spirits and travel writer Brian Freedman reports on what's been happening in the world of Scotch whisky. 

From the outside, the world of single malt Scotch whisky can occasionally seem to be a rather hidebound place where tradition trumps all else and innovation is secondary to maintaining a respectful status quo. In that regard, it’s a lot like golf, Scotland’s other great contribution to life on planet Earth. 

The reality of both, however, is quite different, with plenty of excitement and modernisation bubbling and frothing away.

I had the opportunity to witness both firsthand last spring when...