Man, I suck...did a direct comparison tonight and still don't have an answer. I guess I fail.
The Talisker has a sweet, earthy peat that, combined with the pepper finish, is different from any other whisky. Some nights, it's going to win out against anything.
I still love the HP 18, though. Great sherry/bourbon combo. Rich mouth feel, and still provides a hint of peat. Don't see myself ever getting tired of this.
I'm taking both of my whiskies and going home. You can stay here and play with your poll.
jhershauer wrote:Wow, that's a tough one! I've been drinking HP 18 a lot lately, and it's a fantastic all around dram. Not the best in any one category (to me), but no real weaknesses. On the other hand, the Tali 18 is easily one of my favorites. Wonderful peat, and the pepper finish that starts easy, then builds up.
I'll have to do a head-to-head tomorrow night before voting.