It's been two weeks since the previous standings post. Let us see how things have changed.
(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 7/7/2012 (out of 82 posts):
#10 Lauder's Blended Scotch Whisky -4
After two weeks of travelling upwards, Lauder's experiences two weeks of descent. It may grow to love this spot after a while.
#9 The Macallan 12-year-old Single Malt -2
Mac12 drops another two spots. I wouldn't count this one out entirely. As Macallan's recent news spreads this may see some more hits.
#8 Millstone 8-year-old French Oak, Dutch Single Malt NC
Remained in place, though Mac12 is very close.
#7 Powers Gold Label (Blended Irish Whiskey) +3
Yay! A big Powers boost. I don't know why, but it's okay with me.
#6 The Macallan 18-year-old Single Malt +3
Perhaps thanks to the Macallan news, this one had the biggest view percentage leap of any post. Enough to get within spittin' distance of the top five.
#5 Chivas Regal 12-year-old Blended Scotch Whisky NC
Getting closer to #4, but won't really challenge it for another month.
#4 J&B Rare Blended Scotch Whisky NC
This one's staying put for a while.
#3 The Glenlivet 15-year-old French Oak Reserve Single Malt NC
She'll be treading water for the foreseeable future.
#2 The Famous Grouse Blended Scotch Whisky NC
Views have slowed abruptly, but it's so far ahead of #3 that it won't be going anywhere either.
#1 Glenfiddich 12-year-old Single Malt NC
Number one. Carve it in stone.
No huge jumps over two weeks.
Kilbeggan Irish Blended Whiskey moves up 7 spots to #23
Jameson Blended Irish Whiskey hops up 7 to get to #38
Strathisla 12-year-old Single Malt jumps up 6 spots to enter the Top Thirty. That's 15 spots in 3 weeks.
Vegas 2012 edition, part 1 of 4 reverses its downward trend, moving 6 spots upwards to #40
Bulleit Rye Whiskey continues its climb, jumping 5 spots to 33rd place. It's moved 18 rankings in three weeks. With the rye shortages out there, maybe there's increasing interest in this well-stocked whiskey?
Lots of big drops though, which I'll explain in the Notes section.
Connemara Cask Strength Irish Single Malt drops 9 places to #46
Powers 12-year-old Special Reserve falls 9 to teeter on the edge of the Top Fifty
Longrow CV Single Malt, Mackmyra First Edition Swedish Single Malt, and the Sauternes Finish Taste Off all fell 9 spots, knocking them out of the Top Fifty.
NOTES FOR THIS WEEK, BAD PREDICTIONS FOR NEXT WEEK
Four rookies entered the Top Fifty this week, pushing a number of other posts downwards to make room. The newbies included the entire recent Ardbeg Taste Off and the Ardmore Trad Cask. The new Ardbeg Ten report even opened in 37th.
The Top Twenty finally gained a new member and will definitely have some movement before the next report. Any movement in the Top Ten will likely be limited to #7 thru #10 for at least a month. And I don't foresee any rookies cracking the Top Fifty for at least the next two weeks.
Of course, I've been consistently wrong in my predictions, so who knows?!
I'll check back in with the next standings post in two weeks to see how this all plays out. Thanks again for reading! Have a great, safe weekend!