Today's New York Times has a good in-depth article on Scotch.

..."a rugged drink always tasting of peat and often of heather or seaweed made by rugged individualists amid a rugged landscape."

There's mention of a 60-yr-old Scotch and how 90 percent of production is consumed abroad. (Maybe they drink bourbon!)

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/16/dining/16SCOT.html

Cheers,
Omar