An excellent write up. Thanks for letting us vicariously join you on that wonderful journey
Just a thought - hang onto those you hate or even find rather meh and test them again a month or two from now, but perhaps even more importantly, test them at least once per season, and also try them as a day and a night scent.
I got a sample of M7 sometime last summer.. hated it. Tried it a few more times, hated it. Then one cold winter day I was looking at my bottles trying to decide my SotD and nothing was jumping out at me, and suddenly M7 came into my mind (I didn't even see my sample as it was stored away in the "hate it" pile, lol!) and it just seemed like the right thing to wear. I hesitantly sprayed it on, afraid of going into flashbacks of choking down that horrible cherry cough syrup as a child, but no.. something had changed. It just clicked, and was magical, and immediately went from being one of my most hated scents into my top 10. I don't wear it much except in fall and winter, but there are times when it is just perfect. (btw, for M7, try one spray to the mid chest on your next wearing. Two sprays max, but keep them to mid chest or lower. Anything more and it is just waaaay too much and sickening).