Distilled Wisdom

As anyone who has drunk seriously with Japanese, Indian, South Korean or Taiwanese executives can aver, whisky doesn't merely enjoy a healthy market across large swathes of Asia — it boasts armies of well-informed connoisseurs. Head south, however, and aficionados are thinner on the ground. The Islamic countries of Malaysia and Indonesia are hardly big-drinking nations (and when they do imbibe, the preferred drinks tend to be brandy and beer, respectively). Singapore, where average per capita alcohol consumption barely notches three liters a year, is not that much different — and yet it recently became home to a branch of La...

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