I bid a fond farewell to the Dalmore 12 last night with a healthy and very tasty last toast. It has the distinction of being the first entry on my "would buy and enjoy again" list.
I still have some of the Dalwhinnie 15, and will be off to the shop sometime in the next few days to bring home a shelf-mate for it. I am confident enough at this point, with many thanks to many of you, that I can select a lovely and very enjoyable bottle without tasting it first. I will take my list with me and find the best bargain.
I have also decided to suspend playing "flavor detective" for the time being and just enjoy and savor - rather more like simply listening to a fine concerto as opposed to wading through the sheet music.
I do very much appreciate reading the careful analyses of others with far more experience than I, but I find that the "notes" I detect can vary from dram to dram of the same bottle, and even sometimes from sip to sip. Of course, they are all good notes.
I do have another question. What is the time frame differencing a long finish from a short one?