Single malt whisky - tasting notes

01 Jan 2011

Happy new year

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * News

whisky 2011I wish everyone a happy 2011 full of interesting whisky releases!


Traditionally, I have a look at my Google Analytics data to reveal some trends. In general the number of visitors has more than doubled this year (around 23.000 a month now). A big thank you to all you loyal visitors.

Ardbeg and Laphroaig are still the most visited brands, but Port Ellen has overtaken Highland Park in third place. Port Ellen is less rare than bottlers want us to think, so expressions are seen more regularly on the shelves than a lot of active distilleries.

Although it has gone down a bit, Laphroaig Triple Wood was still the most popular release. Ardbeg Rollercoaster was the most visited 2010 release. The GlenDronach single casks are traditionally very popular as well.


I’ve had a lot of glorious whisky last year. Some of the best bottles were released before 2010, like the Karuizawa 1967 cask #6426 for LMdW & TWE or the Laphroaig 1964 by Berry Bros.

For the real newcomers, this would be my shortlist:

Happy new year Ruben Luyten 2011-01-01
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  • Michael

    Ruben,
    Have a great New Year! Thank you for all your great reviews. Your Whisky Notes matter a lot to me.

    Michael

  • http://tmc.marccastermans.be Marc Castermans

    Have a great 2011 Ruben filled with a good health, friendship and lots of great drams.

    Marc

  • Piazzolla

    Happy new year Ruben !

    I enjoy that you enjoy “my” Laphroaig 64 BBR and I hope find in 2011 such a beautifull bottle :)

    Maybe we should have a dram at Whisky Live Spa.

    Regards.

    Régis

  • http://www.scotchwhiskyblog.wordpress.com Norbert

    Happy Hogmanay and great 2011,Ruben!

  • Stuart

    Happy New Year Ruben. All the best for 2011 and I look forward to reading your notes each (well most days) day. Great pics for the best of 2010. The 72 Longmorn and 68 Glenfarclas where highlights of my whisky year also, both stunning.

  • http://www.whivie.be Mark Dermul

    The very best wishes to you too, Ruben, from all at Whivie. Here’s to many a dram in 2011.

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  • Jorn: I agree, the first expressions tend to go up in value the most, - ofcourse -, but do you really think the Bowmore DC 2 will sink below 150,00 euro? N
  • WhiskyNotes: I tend to disagree. I would just wait for n°III and make sure you inform your favourite retailer that you want one beforehand. Buying a hyped product
  • Jorn: It's worth 150 allright, but mainly from a collector's point of view. That's where the market is. Like precious little stamps (Nothing wrong with that

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  • Blair Athol 2002 (Hepburn's Choice)
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  • Bowmore Laimrig 15yo
  • Ben Nevis 2002 (Port cask #334)

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WhiskyNotes - Ruben LuytenThis blog is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky.