The Dalmore may be a bit too sweet for you if you want something less sweet that Tali 10.
Have you considered Highland Park? This has some of the maritime notes of Talisker but it's not as up-front. There is pepper on the finish but it's not as strong at all.
They do a 12yo which is ok, their 18yo is very good and retails for around £60 in the UK - it's one of the best all round whiskies you can get.
Old Pulteney is also a good one - it has that saltiness/savoury character and not too sweet. Again a 12yo and they do a 17yo (a bit sweeter but a much better dram than the 12) - the 17yo tops out at around £60 a bottle in the UK too.
The 12yo's are both good starting points.