Apricot variety opinions
I am now finishing a big trial of central asian apricots, including many white apricots and Hunza types (Hunza is a region in Pakistan). I have pretty much realized they are not going to work, in my climate they are all far too shy in bearing (as in, less than a dozen apricots on a whole tree) and far too prone to rots and diseases. So, I have chopped off most of those guys and I want to graft on some more standard varieties to look for good ones that work for me. The only standard apricot that has worked for me thus far is Tomcot. It is fantastic but I would like a couple other outstanding varieties. Here is my current list of interest, I am looking for both information on how they taste from people living anywhere as well as information on how easy they are to grow if you are in a hot and humid climate like I am. The earliness of the bloom is not a big factor for me, I have yet to get badly frozen out in 7+ years of apricot growing.
Early Blush (good rec from harvestman)
Montrose (Colorado apricot but has done well for folks in the east, flavor supposedly very good)
Nicole (new CA-bred cot that will probably be a bad grower but I may want to try it)
Apache (same group as Nicole)
Alfred (older NY apricot, not sure why it is not more popular given the positive comments I have found on it)
Hargrand (sounds like best-tasting of the Har series? I tried Harglow and gave up on the "Har" 'cots but maybe I was being unfair?)
Harcot (second-best tasting of Har series?)
I am also thinking about the Tasty Rich aprium. Along with Tomcot I also already have Sugar Pearls which I am optimistic on based on other opinions, plus a Chinese. I am also trying Orangered and Robada which are excellent tasting cots but I expect will not cut it in my climate.
Some things I already tried and didn't like (mainly they did not taste good enough and/or were too prone to diseases or cracking) include Jerseycot, Harglow, and Puget Gold. These guys are all "OK" but hey who wants to settle for "OK"?
Some kinds I never tried but I have heard so many negative reports on east coast growing include classics like Blenheim, Moorpark, etc. Other apricots don't seem super high on the flavor list, Tilton is a classic example of this -- sounds like a very easy one to grow but not too exciting to eat.