im going to respectfully disagree with you. im a 21 year old student living in edinburgh who happens to bartend to pay the bills. the previous bar i worked at had 40 singles on the top shelf. Im no expert, but i consider myself qualified to 'talk' about scotch, and sometimes, if im feeling dangerous, ill bring up bourbon.
talisker is incredible, its gotta be on top of my list (and i really dont care if you know where its from, as long as you enjoy the stuff), though when im in the mood, dalmore is unbelievable.
by the way, old rip van winkle is my bourbon of choice.