I went last year as well and it was indeed excellent, especially considering that it was a very ambitious first year event. Awesome location, quite well organized and a fantastic exhibitor and pour list. Also, it wasn't too crowded - kind of felt like you had space to move around and hang out with the exhibitors.
This review from whisky intelligence is pretty much bang on accurate:http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2011/ ... isky-news/
(Count me as one of the barricaders for the G&M Glenlivet 70yo!)
I'm hoping to go again this year, but the date is interfering with work travel
(though there is a chance that i might be able to pull it off!).
That being said, heading to the excellent Victoria Whisky Festival in a few days - yeah!