Coming Soon…

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Another month, another quick look forward. But first a quick look back. Just about a year ago, I had posted a poll asking for feedback on the interest of regular readers in the split whisky/food focus of the blog. That poll received a larger response than I’d expected and it was clear that my readership then was overwhelmingly whisky people. I’ll be posting another poll soon to see how things stand now. I’m curious partly on account of recent traffic patterns. WordPress.com shows only a very limited set of traffic statistics, with very little granularity, but it does give a complete list of views by post and page on a blog in a given period. I just took a look at July and found that of the 25 most viewed posts/pages (not including the home page and other index pages) only nine were whisky reviews. Of the other 16, five were restaurant reviews, five were recipes and four were Calvados reviews; a couple of non-review whisky posts rounded out the 25 (my list of “Standard Malts” and ye olde Glendronach shenanigans post). It’s true that it’s still 15/25 for whisk(e)y-related posts and that the top two posts were for whisk(e)y (Lagavulin 8 at #1 and Old Grand-Dad 114 at #2) but the numbers would tilt even more towards food if I made it a top 40 list. And most of the referral traffic I received came from various food sites and forums.

Whisk(e)y people: are you still out there? 

If so, please take a look at the list of likely reviews below and tell me which ones you’re most interested in seeing in August. There were some nominations for July that I never got to and I’ll do those for sure this month (but it won’t hurt to remind me here). In addition to two whisky reviews a week, you can expect one Calvados review a week at least through September—brandy-curious folk, let me know as well if you’d be interested in seeing the Calvados reviews alternate with Armagnac reviews.

On the food front, I have another few weeks of reports from our Los Angeles trip to come but I might start putting up some Twin Cities reports too before those get done. And there’ll likely continue to be one recipe post a week. I do hope to get back to book-related posts as well; when those appear they’ll take the place of the food or brandy reviews in the week’s schedule.

Ardmore 13, 1998 (Gordon & MacPhail)
Ardmore Traditional
Arran 10
Benromach 1978-1997 (Scott’s Selection)
Blair Athol 25, 1988 (Signatory for LMDW)
Clynelish 22, 1989 (Thosop)
Clynelish 36, 1972 (G&M for LMDW)
Craigellachie 20, 1995 (Malts of Scotland)
Dallas Dhu 25, 1975 (Signatory)
Evan Williams Single Barrel
George Dickel No. 12
George Dickel 17
Glen Grant 36, 1975 (Archives)
Glen Moray 16, 1998 (Cadenhead’s)
Glenlossie 22, 1992 (van Wees)
Henry McKenna Bottled in Bond
Home Blend 35, 1980 (Wilson & Morgan)
Jack’s Pirate Whisky, “Das Gestohlene Schiff Part V”
Kavalan Peaty Cask
King’s Legend “Old Special” (Ainslie & Heilbron)
Laphroaig CS, Batch 006
Linkwood 29, 1984 (Malts of Scotland)
Macduff 31, 1980 (Wilson & Morgan)
Michael Couvreur 12, Peaty Overaged Whisky (for K&L)
Mortlach 20, 1994 (Malts of Scotland)
Slow Hand Six Woods Cask Strength Malt
Sprinbank 11, 1999, Recharred Sherry Butt
Tobermory 18, 1994 (Wilson & Morgan)
Tobermory 20, 1994, Oloroso Sherry (Wilson & Morgan)
Tom’s Foolery Bonded Bourbon

9 thoughts on “Coming Soon…

  1. Ardmore Traditional, Dickel No. 12, Tom’s Foolery Bonded. I’m enjoying the Calvados reviews. I wouldn’t mind Armagnac reviews interspersed, but I have a preference for Calvados and wouldn’t need the Armagnac reviews.

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  2. There are several ways to assess “success” for a blog.

    Most important – is the blogger having fun?
    Another – the blog has readers.
    Yet another – the blog has a lively comments section.

    I encourage you to continue pleasing yourself and don’t be too concerned about “polls”, “feedback”, etc.

    For my own part, though I enjoy whisky, that is only a small part of the many distractions that I enjoy. In descending order the most relevant of your blog posts are:

    Recipes
    Whisky Reviews (though our selection is limited)
    Restaurant Reviews (accessible only when I travel)

    Books? – Those are potentially the most relevant, since BATF/DEA so far seems not to care about commerce in books – in my bachelor life I read more than I cook.

    In case verbosity obscures the central message – write whatever you like.

    Best Regards
    Jim Susky
    Anchorage, Alaska

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    • Hi Jim,

      Thanks for writing in. Just to clarify, I’m not trying to figure out if my blog is successful or get feedback to determine what I should blog about. To the first point (about success): my posts are driven entirely by my own interests. I’m a hobbyist and not looking to monetize my blog* or to use it as a springboard to professional work. But to the second point, I’m not literally writing only for myself: I’m publishing things for public readership. And so I’m just curious about who is reading the blog and to what extent my audience may or may not be shifting over time. The interest is only informational.

      Cheers!

      *Though I do encourage my readers to use my Amazon links from time to time to help subsidize my hosting costs. I don’t really want to run ads per se on the site to pay for that.

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  3. I very much like your Scotch whisky reviews and your recipes. Not at all interested in restaurant reviews for your home city (can’t remember, is it Minneapolis or somewhere in Texas?). Perhaps that should be a separate blog. I enjoy your writing style and your sense of humour. Keep it up. And keep your very informative and entertaining single malt Scotch whisky reviews coming. Cheers.

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  4. Still out there and still reading.

    I’d like to see reviews of the Benromach, the Clynelish 1972 (is that actually a Brora given the age?) and the Glen Grant.

    FWIW, as old and rare Scotch is what I buy (albeit only samples), that’s what I’m interested in seeing reviewed.

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    • The Clynelish 1972 will be coming for sure—just took notes on it tonight.

      And to answer your parenthetical question, both distilleries Clynelish and Brora (which was the original distillery, i.e. Clynelish 1) probably operated together from 1969 to 1983 (when Brora, the original Clynelish, closed); there’s some controversy about this, but, at any rate, it’s the newer distillery, Clynelish which was open the whole time. See Serge’s history of Brora for more detail.

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