Almost no question is a 'silly' question when it comes to whisky.
RangerRob wrote:...where do these flavors come from?
The flavours in a particular whisky can arise from factors occurring at just about any stage of the whisky-making process.
Wood maturation as well as the particulars of malting, fermentation and distillation are probably the most influential aspects in terms of flavour creation. And these factors can give rise to any number of aromatic and flavour characteristics (such as those you've described).
My recommendation is for you to pick up a good general-purpose book on whisky by a reputable whisky writer (Charles MacLean, David Broom and the late Michael Jackson immediately spring to mind). Such a book will offer valuable information on the whisky-making process, the differences between various whiskies and tips on how to better appreciate whiskies when you drink them.