Re: Talisker 18 going away?
I asked the same question here back in February '09. K&L Wine had the same warning at that time, and only 7 or so bottles left. At the time, it was disappearing here in AZ as well, and DID disappear completely in March. One local store did get some bottles back in stock within the last few weeks, though.
I never could find any concrete evidence of it going away completely. They've continued to keep it listed on the Talisker web site, and Bevmo has kept a spot for it in their inventory list, as if they expect it to come back. It disappeared from some of the European online stores for a while, but then came back, seemingly in good supply.
The only thing I was able to find when doing a bunch of google searching back then was some speculation that they were pulling Talisker out of the North American markets in order to increase supply to Asia, combined with the need for Talisker 18 year in Johnnie Walker Gold Label. Hopefully it's just a temporary shortage, and we'll see it in higher supply in the future.