Ah, autumn is here. No hard and fast rules but I usually go with gin in the warmer months and whiskey/whisky when it's cooler.
Agreed on the Balvenie Doublewood, that is nectar of the gods. I think right now the only scotch I've got is Cragganmore 12, which is good too. Last bottle I finished was Macallan 12. The highlands scotches are so easy to love. Eventually I'll have to diversify to some other regions.
Whiskey, for shots I like Gentleman Jack more than regular black label Jack, it's smoother. Bulleit is fine, though for sipping I prefer scotch and for cocktails I like Maker's. Mmmm, Maker's Mark Manhattan. Around St. Patrick's Day I'll get in the mood for Bushmill's.
I need to pick up some rye. I had a great cocktail last night, the Red Hook. It's rye, maraschino liqueur, and Punt e Mes vermouth (a red vermouth that's not as sweet as most), with an orange twist. Delicious cousin to the Manhattan.