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)
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