A couple of years ago we saw Bob Dylan play. As the rumpled music legend and his ace band ripped through barely recognizable takes on his own classics, plus old-school standards, he didn’t say a word. Really, Bob? OK, you’re still the greatest songwriter of the 20th century, with a Nobel Prize in Literature to boot, even if you couldn’t be bothered to pick up your award.
Distillers from the U.S. and Japan teamed up for a cross-border whiskey, so why not China and Scotland? Diageo and Jiangsu Yanghe Distillery Co., China’s No 3. maker of the clear spirit baiju, recently announced the launch of Zhong Shi Ji. Master Scotch blender Craig Wallace and baiju guru Zhou Xinhu created the new whiskey, billed as “a premium taste of East and West.” Details are sketchy, but Chinese ceramic pots come into play.