Texture: It may be light or heavy, waxy, oily, crisp, rounded or whatever other descriptive one may wish to ascribe to this aspect of the whisky. No matter. If it fits with the overall tenor of the spirit, then all's as it should be.
Finish: This CAN be a critical factor in a whisky's ultimate degree of satisfaction. But if said whisky can't even make it to the 'finish line' (i.e display an enticing opening salvo and follow through the middle), then what's the difference?
Colour: Close your eyes. If the aroma and flavour are working for you, who really cares about the hue? I've experienced all manner of whiskies from the lightest to the darkest, and their colours, while momentarily of note, rapidly fade behind any other aspects.
Nose: Only if you're a master blender. Otherwise, this particular facet of a whisky's demeanour ends up second-string in the greater scheme of things.
Palate: THE absolute No. 1 criterium, as far as I'm concerned. When one is tasting a whisky, one is not only utlizing one's taste buds. One is also, to a tremendous
extent, utilizing one's olfactory glands through evaporation of alcoholic essences from the oral cavity up through the nasal passages. And then, there's that (hopefully) wonderful sensation as the flavours 'come back at you'.
So, palate it is.