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2014 Ends, 2015 Begins Review

Bruichladdich2014 has been a really quite fabulous year in terms of whisky for me, having made it over to islay with Steve (@steveprentice) from Somerset Whisky Blog and Jon (@dvdbloke) from Scotch and Sci-fi and having had the experiences of trying some absolutely brilliant whiskies.

All in, at this moment in time, there were 350 reviews added to the site in 2014, some of which were posted by Neil (@NeilMacKinnon1) or Barry (@thewhiskyphiles) from The Whisky Philes blog.

There's also a lot of new Gin reviews on the blog which is what i spent a lot of the summer drinking.

At the bottom of this page i've included the review of my 5 favourite drams of the year, they may not be hugely expensive or the "best ever" but they are the ones i enjoyed most of all the whiskies I had throughout the year. You may or may not disagree but i'd hppily survive on these 5 bottles. (well one hasn't been bottled yet but i'd love a bottle when it is).

The challenge i set myself to review 100 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society expressions is coming along nicely thanks to Barry (@thewhiskyphiles) who helped me out and reviews 99 and 100 will be posted tomorrow. It's been great fun trying all these whiskies and there are some utter blinders in there.

2014 has also seen a hugely busy year on the blog, with some interesting facts and figures, the top 5 most viewed reviews during 2014 were-

1. The Dalmore Valour
2. Talisker Dark Storm
3. Bowmore Gold Reef
4. Glen Deveron 10 Year Old
5. Bunnahabhain Eirigh Na Greine

The top 5 countries providing the most traffic to my site were -

1. United Kingdom
2. United States
3. Canada
4. Germany
5. Sweden

So what will 2015 hold, who knows, it's an exciting year ahead and I'm looking forward to seeing what will come.

Challenges for 2015 -

* Break 400 reviews in a year
* Post another 100 The Scotch Malt Whisky Society reviews
* Drink more whisky from Independent Bottlers
* Visit more distilleries
* Spend more time with friends.

I hope 2014 has been good to you and i hope 2015 will be better.


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