Single malt whisky - tasting notes

about WhiskyNotes

WhiskyNotes is my personal collection of impressions, written while searching for the ultimate single malt whisky. A work in progress, and an exercise for the senses.

Nowadays, hundreds of interesting new bottlings hit the market each year. With this website, I try to be a “filter” and publish impressions of the bottles I really liked. Sometimes bottles are sold out very soon after their release, so I try to inform you about interesting things as soon as possible. Of course legendary old whiskies will also feature regularly.

Although some bottlers and distilleries send samples for me to review, I feel strongly about being independent in my opinions. That’s why I’m still paying for (or exchanging) over 90% of the whiskies I write about. It’s an expensive hobby but I prefer working this way.

I started this blog in 2008, when whisky bloggers could still be counted on two hands. Only a couple of these originals blogs are still active, but we are now joined by thousands of others trying to catch up. WhiskyNotes currently attracts well over 50.000 visitors each month, with around 200.000 page views, according to Google Analytics.


Why whisky?

In the 1980’s, my father bought a bottle of Chivas Royal Salute 21y. That’s a very decent blend. I’m not sure if he ever poured himself a glass, because the ceramic bottle didn’t seem to become any lighter over time. I liked it though… in my Coca-Cola. When I moved out, the bottle came along and was rediscovered when I drank some of it in the company of my brother in law. After that, a Japanese blend (Hibiki), the Lagavulin 16 Year Old and anCnoc 12 Year Old sparked a fire. Since that time, I’ve been infected by the whisky virus. Ice cubes or Coke don’t come anywhere near the whisky now!


What’s your favourite?

I don’t have one in particular, but I have a sweet spot for Banff, Brora, ClynelishKaruizawa and Port Ellen. In general, I prefer older, sherried whisky, with lots of complexity and subtleties.


Who are you by the way?

I’m Ruben. I was born in 1978 and I’m living in Belgium, near Mechelen, about 400m away from a pot still whisky distillery!


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November 2015
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Coming up

  • Amrut 2009 (cask #2701)
  • Lagavulin 12 Years (2015)
  • Lindores 2015 festival bottling
  • Old Blended Malt (Eiling Lim)
  • Glenlivet 1981 (#9468 for TWE)
  • Talisker Distillers Edition (2015)
  • Laphroaig 32 Year Old
  • Glen Grant 65yo 1950 cask #2747 for Wealth Solutions
  • Mortlach 1959/1960 (G&M Royal Wedding)

1928 notes by Ruben

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