Well argued, and the point that labeling regulations should benefit the consumer is well taken.
Subscribers to WHISKY Magazine will notice that Dominic Roskrow has used his editor's column this month as a bully pulpit to address this issue, and he too makes some great points. Among them, he argues that applying the word "blend" to a beverage that is all malt whisky actually creates confusion about something that is now pretty well understood, which is that at least in the context of UK whiskies, "blend" always means a whisky that contains both malt whisky and grain whisky. He argues that moving that "fence" separating all-malt whisky from malt-and-grain whisky does a major disservice to consumers.
But I think, Chuck, that you left something very important out of your essay. If one likes and cannot find Lagavulin, what is the best alternative?