You are not mistaken. In fact, the governing body that dictates what a "Scotch" whisky or "Single Malt Scotch" whisky is is further tightening down regulations on where and how long the whisky must be matured. Not to be picky but I wouldn't use "grain alcohol taste" unless it has grain alcohol in it. You are obviously a lot more knowledgeable and sophisticated than I am...at least as regards single malt. That said, school me...is not barley a "grain?" Is it not fermented to make alcohol? Does it not taste different at the beginning of the aging process than at the end? Could it not be said that by comparison, it is "raw" at the beginning...maybe even similar if not chemically indistinguishable from Everclear?