Hello, Jojo and all,
I am a newbie to the fascinating world of single malts. After reading several blogs, reviews, articles, ****s propaganda and posts in this forum, I purchased my first bottle, Talisker 10.
I quite like it, but am looking to build my shelf up a bit. For a companion and alternative to this one, I'd like to find something perhaps a tad less sweet, a tad more malty, and I could really do with much less pepper in the finish. The Talisker is in-your-face flavorful, and I like that, but it could be smoother in the finish. I do like a moderate amount of peat and smoke, but don't think I'd care for the peat monsters.
Also, being retired, I can't afford or justify a $200 bottle, so many of the 18-year-old lovelies are simply out of my pay grade.