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I cropped this from the Islay Photo Blog. The photographer, Armin Grewe, is credited at the top of the third column of this blog layout.


Thanks to the First 3300

Well, as far as WordPress is concerned, it’s 2009. And the final numbers for 2008 are stunning (at least to me!):

2008-08: 0209 0209 visitors
2008-09: 0500 0709 (monthly, cumulative)
2008-10: 0621 1330
2008-11: 0889 2219
2008-12: 1081 3300 *
2009-01: 0003 3303 (so far!)

* Yes, the year ended on a round number, but only because WordPress is in GMT.

Steady Growth

Steady Growth

In a little while, the whole world will have joined WordPress in 2009. I look forward to continuing to bring you whisky news and information. If you like the blog, tell your friends.

Again, thanks for visiting and have a wonderful New Year! Slainte!!!

What’s “Whisky2.0” All About?

From the “About” page on the Whisky2.0 blog:

The Whisky2.0 blog is about taking what I started here on and making it bigger. This means:

  • Industry-wide scope
  • More content
    • Guest bloggers
    • Interviews with industry leaders
    • Organized tastings and meetups, etc.
  • More technology
    • Social networks
    • Collaboration tools

We’re aiming to build a community to share and disseminate information about whisk(e)y. As a relative whisk(e)y neophyte, this is the content I wanted when I was learning about whisk(e)y. I don’t know everything — not even close! — but I like sharing what I know and learn.

This blog is about more than just the facts: It’s about building an enduring self-sustaining community of whisk(e)y enthusiasts. Whisky2.0 was born 25-November-2008. As of 27-December-2008, Whisky2.0 has a presence on Facebook, too. Slainte!

p.s. Slainte is how they say “cheers” in Gaelic. Slainte is pronounced “slahn-cha” (or something very close to that). BTW, please patronize the very cool San Francisco business of the same name.

And from the “How Do I Use This Blog?” page…

I have a blog masquerading as a whisk(e)y database. Or maybe vice-versa. -) Whisky2.0 is a community project and you’re more than welcome to join. WordPress accounts are free.

Again: THIS SITE IS FOR YOU! I built the skeleton, but the community will contribute most of the content.

Here’s the idea: The category cloud contains the names of every currently operational Scotch whisky distillery (and many that are no longer with us). I even listed one in Sweden! Ultimately, I’ll add Irish, American, Japanese, Indian, etc. whiskeys. And if you know of a distillery that I omitted, by all means let me know! Plus each distillery is tagged with the region, e.g., Speyside, Islay, etc. And the country is a tag, too, so the biggest tag (since it’s most frequently used) is Scotland. I tagged non-functional distilleries as “Closed” just to be clear.

I figured I’d start with the most difficult, as ranked by the sheer number of distilleries in a single country. You, the reader, are meant to add comments to each. There is going to be a standard template that will allow you to add info (as much as you know) on any given expression produced by that distillery. Expect that template before the start of 2009, perhaps as soon as 30-Dec-2008.

Finally, please feel free to contact me with content suggestions. If you know a lot about a certain distillery or any whisk(e)y-related subjetc and want to post a story, let me know: I will make that happen. This is a platform for the community, not for me. Ultimately, my goal is for this site to capture the wisdom of the masses and become the reference for all things whisk(e)y.

Also, Whisky2.0 is on Facebook: and if you feel like it, become a fan. I’m going to try to find a way to point to all the many groups on Facebook that have to do with whisk(e)y.

Coming Attractions

I’ve been really busy over at the Whisky2.0 blog, entering basic data on over 80 distilleries. So far it’s limited to Scotland, and it’s mostly single-malt distilleries. I think I have about 20 distilleries to go. I should be done with Scotland this week.

Every entry is categorized by who owns it, what region it’s in, and there is basic data on the location and in-service date for each distillery. For larger conglomerates that own 2 or 3 or more distilleries, I also created a separate entry for them, tagged with the properties that they own. The interface is a “category cloud” where you can click on distillery names, owner names, region names, etc. and jump to a list of matching entries.

I am opening it up for comments so people can add info on expressions that they know were produced by a given distillery. My first such comment is for Highland Park 18. This is really a community project, since there are probably on the order of 10,000 expressions (there are on the order of 100 distilleries, even when you factor in defunct distilleries, you wouldn’t have more than on the order of 1000 distilleries). There are far too many expressions for me to enter all that data myself, and there are lots of expressions for which there might be minimal on-line evidence, but for which many folks may still have a bottle in their possession.

As to the coming attractions here: I will be writing a sequel to my distilling article either tonight or tomorrow night that will show how that distilling information is applied to making whisky.

Under Construction Tonight

I’ll reward myself with a dram when this is done. I have changed the WordPress theme for the blog, and have reorganized my blogroll. Also, I am categorizing all the old stories. Busy busy busy.

On the Road (Again)

My apologies to Willie Nelson (the new version of that song is on my mind, as I am really enjoying the “Spain: On the Road Again” series on PBS, btw).

I thought I’d escape this trip as recently as last weekend, but I had to take the red-eye to Boston on Monday night. I am now in Waltham, MA for a major IPTV interoperability testing event. I’m coming home early on Friday morning.

I’m still researching distillation and will have a nice article ready soon. I will try to bring the process down to earth so non-Chemists can understand it.

Viva Las Vegas

Very early Tuesday morning I’ll be heading to Las Vegas for most of the week. I’ll be on the lookout for good whisky. If I find any places with a good selection, I’ll write a comment here. I should be able to blog from there while I’m not working.