Slid the cork out of the Aberlour this evening. Another very enjoyable dram. Aside from the Talisker and Bowmore, it is the least sweet of the malts I have so far tried, but far from briny or dry. Full-bodied, malty, smoky, slightly nutty with a bit of tart citrus. Very nicely balanced. Short, but tasty and pleasantly warming finish.
I'm quickly finding my preferred flavor niche - Highlanders and Speysides, 12 to 15 years old, with a little peat and/or smoke. Fortunately for me, there are many fine offerings with significant variations in taste meeting these criteria in the $50-65 range at my local store. I see absolutely no need to spend more on a bottle, nor to order by mail or online. (Nor am I criticizing those who do.)
With four fine whiskies currently on my shelf (Aberlour 12, Balvenie Doublewood 12, Cragganmore 12 and Dalwhinnie 15), I can effortlessly choose the perfect dram to suit my mood. I'll need to replace the Dalwhinnie soon - it's almost gone - but won't be buying any more untried bottles anytime soon. I'm a very happy camper, at least for now.
Of course, I'd be very pleased to PM my address to anyone who'd like to send me a Dalmore 15 or a Nectar D'or.