pete_d wrote:I might investigate the Talisker 10, but all the bottles available around here are the recent blue-box bottlings, and general consensus is that it lost its peppery edge of old. That might make it a more versatile pour for me and the family, but i'll keep thinking i'm missing out on something. Would i be correct in saying the Talisker is like a more intense HP12? Peat,Spice, slight Smoke etc.
As an alternative, what are peoples opinions on the Bruichladdich 10 vs 12?
What good luck on your morning stroll! Of the ones you tried, Bowmore is a little too salty for me; Jura is a bit so-what (but the Superstition is vastly superior); Bruichladdich 17 is fruity – grapefruity – and excellent but not if you’re looking for peat; and Ardbeg is a little too much for a morning dram for me (you know it’s gonna hit you with something big – just look at the packaging – it just screams “come on and chew on a burnt stick if you think you’re hard enough!”:))
Talisker 10 would be a great choice. It’s a lovely smoky malt. Sometimes I find the problem with reading up tasting notes from old-timers - no offence to long-standing whisky buffs here
– is that comments are sometimes referenced to previous releases (eg, pepperiness). But just cos it’s a slightly different drink from previously, doesn’t mean it’s no longer a good malt. The current Talisker 10 is smoky and spicy, more so than Highland Park and less so than Lagavulin. It’s got the peat and spice you’ve said you’re looking for, and beautifully balanced with rich sweetness. I also agree with Drrich and would suggest Caol Ila 12 as well.