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I really don't know for sure exactly what it is about the Nikon 85mm bokeh that I dislike, but maybe the stronger/more out-of-focus appearance of the Canon 85L at similar apertures is what I ultimately like better. I think it throws backgrounds more out of focus. This could explain why I have never felt like I got enough background blur from the 85 f/1.8g.
I like cat's eyes towards the edges because I believe the relatively smaller size of cat's eyes compared to more circular bokeh in the middle gives a stronger 3-dimensional effect (due probably to the "fisheye" appearance that makes objects look smaller and more squeezed/warped towards the edges to conform around an imaginary sphere). However, in daylit environments and just about every shot I have taken with the 85 f/1.8g, the background blur just doesn't seem to really take advantage of that effect...and the images seem to say "2-dimensional with background blur" more than "3-dimensional" to my eyes.
Something about the way the 85L handles geometric angles and hard lines in a blurred background seems to enhance the effect to me...
I don't think I ever really appreciated the look of 85L images as much as I started to when I began shooting with the 85 f/1.8g.