It is quite expected that your senses of taste and smell greatly influence the enjoyment of whisky. To a lesser extent visual plays a role. And so does feel, at least when thinking about the feel of the whisky in the mouth or as it passes across the lips.
However, tonight I opened an OP 12 and there was this wonderful gurgling sound that came out of the bottle as I poured. I had not really heard (or maybe that is paid attention) to the sound but I noticed that it really got the mouth watering. Has anyone else experienced an enjoyment of whisky through their ears?