at least there's that... (sorry for the thread drift).
I don't know if I'd call their system better, but it is different. The key difference is that the Scottish whiskey industry runs on blends while the American industry runs on straights, meaning the typical American whiskey is the product of a single and known distillery, whereas the typical Scottish whiskey is the product of many anonymous distilleries. The typical American whiskey is the product of the distiller, whereas the typical Scottish whiskey is the product of the blender.
you're right of course. I was really just making a loose-joke about theirs being more transparent with respect to the actual distiller along with my own preference for Bourbon and Rye over Scotch. ;)
I buy bonds as a choice for the reasons Chuck mentioned but so long as Barton is 100 proof I won't complain.