The attack of the blends has begun. Lauder's and Famous Grouse pageviews are soaring. The Chivas versus Black Label post has a huge debut. And Tullamore Dew surges...
(My methodology uses pageview counts from three different sources in an attempt to suss out which posts are spammer heavy and which ones are getting the real clicky traffic. Then I apply a very (not) sophisticated algorithm. And from that I get a Top Ten.)
SINGLE MALT REPORT STANDINGS AS OF 6/9/2012 (out of 73 posts):
#10 Powers Gold Label (Blended Irish Whiskey) -2
A slow week for John Powers on the blog. But not at home! I finished off my bottle with two small sips last night. What will replace it??? Possibly something I haven't yet reviewed......
#9 Millstone 8-year-old French Oak, Dutch Single Malt NC
No change for Millstone. The Google image SEO for windmills has liked moved on to other sites, possibly the same ones that use the very images from this blog. Just passin' the windmill love along.
#8 The Macallan 18-year-old Single Malt -1
"My cat's breath smells like cat food." -- Ralph Wiggum
#7 The Singleton of Glendullan Single Malt -1
This one used to be #2. I wouldn't be surprised if this one gradually makes its way out of the Top Ten, unless there's a sudden burst of The Singleton excitement. But "excitement" and "The Singleton" rarely appear in the same sentence.
#6 Lauder's Blended Scotch Whisky +4
I bought this $1.49 mini on a whim, so this one sprung up the list with more verve than I'd expected. There's a deficiency of Lauder's reviews online. I guess I'm glad I filled that gap......
#5 The Macallan 12-year-old Single Malt NC
A quiet week for Mac12. At this rate, it may lose its spot to Lauder's. How odd is that?
#4 J&B Rare Blended Scotch Whisky NC
A renewed verve for Diageo's J&B pushed it far ahead of Macallan 12yr. But the top three are so far ahead that this one has some work to do to catch up.
#3 The Glenlivet 15-year-old French Oak Reserve Single Malt -1
The 'livet is no longer just a bridesmaid. It's a flower girl. I don't know what that means.
#2 The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky +1
Are we looking at the future King of the Reports? People REALLY desire Grouse images. This week it averaged a click every 45 minutes.
#1 Glenfiddich 12-year-old Single Malt NC
So, last week I dared any report to try to unseat the champ. At the current rate, The Grouse would do so by July. I did not expect that.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Chivas Regal 12-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky (aka Chivas 12yr versus Black Label) debuted at #17 this week. I'm anticipating that this will be in the Top Five before the month is over.
Tullamore Dew Irish Blended Whiskey jumped 27 spots, from #46 to #19. This one may float around the Top Ten some day soon.
Vegas 2012 edition (Part 2 of 4) hopped 8 spots, from #36 to #28. All of those Vegas entries were a joy to write even though I was bedridden with a Vegas-inspired respiratory infection that week.
Hankey Bannister Original Blended Scotch Whisky jumped 8 spots, from #43 to #35. Not sure how much higher this one will go.
Glenmorangie Nectar D'Or Single Malt fell 13 spots, from #33 to #46
The Glenrothes 1998 Single Malt dropped 12 spots, from #32 to #44
Michael Collins Irish Blended Whiskey toppled 12, from #31 to #43
Though it appears as if the 31-33 rankings are just bad luck, the real culprit for the drops was ...... not a single view for these three reports. That is certain to allow everyone else to push ahead.
BAD PREDICTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK
Other than Chivas, nothing else new will crack the Top Ten. There's a healthy buffer between #10 and #11......unless anyone wants to click Willett 5-year (#14) a few extra times to screw up my system. :)
Thanks again to all of you fine readers! More to fun to follow on Monday!