I've enjoyed reading this past year about trends and discoveries in drinking here on the discussion boards -- going for vermut in Catalunya, revivified monastic breweries in Belgium and Austria, sneaky ciders in the UK, etc.
What have been your favorite new imbibing experiences this past year?
This doesn't have to be all liquour, mind you -- the spread of new (to me) sirrups/syrups has expanded my exposure to what we just call Italian sodas here in CA.
Two things are at the top of my mind: excellent rosado (rosé) table wines appearing in Iberia, and the spread of new or re-created aperitifs that go way beyond absinthe, like various quinquinas, the ancestors of Lillet. Recently had a Swiss kina called L'Aéro d'Or that does the same to Lillet that a real pilsner does to Coors.