Interesting NY Times article on the largely foreign ownership of whisky distilleries in Scotland. It features Glenfarclas, one of the few distilleries that is still family owned (and which happens to make an excellent single-malt!).
Michael Cecconi is the former mixologist at New York’s Back Forty; he's currently the head bartender at San Francisco's Two Sisters Bar and Books, and teaches at the Institute of Culinary Education. Here he shares a quick summertime drink idea, called a Scotch Blossom: 2 ounces of Scotch, 1 ounce of honey simple syrup, 1 ounce of lime juice, 4 to 8 mint leaves, and ice. Shake vigorously, add soda water, and enjoy.