thanks for the reply. it's not skepticism about the expression, more a general sense that speyside/highland expressions [I]in general[I] may not do it for me. I am certainly willing to be surprised--particularly pleasantly!
the fact that i've chosen the 105 over aberlour a'bunadh and macallan cask strength should tell you what i think about it, though. i'll take my first tipple tonight (turned 50 today)!