Thanks for the info! Can you recommend any of those Speyside or Highland distilleries?
I found the great peated whisky ranking list
and based on that, I may first go for Ardmore and Benromach (both Speysides). If that list is accurate, those are both in the HP neighborhood (tending a bit higher).
I may try Talisker again--I first had it last month on a business trip, and while it was a tad too peaty (just a tad!), I was sipping it before and during dinner! May have been the wrong context.