Author Archives: Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm a web developer at Emakina. I'm highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. I like to listen to loads of music and read quite some books. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.

A boozy dinner at friends (on the other side of the country)

Another short picture report. I didn’t take pictures of the main dish, which was a 2 kilo leg of lamb with risotto. It was awesome. Very, very awesome.

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Convalmore 1981, 22yo, 58.6% – Jack Wiebers

Convalmore is an interesting distillery. Mostly because it closed in 1985. The eighties saw many distilleries closing, like Port Ellen, Brora and many others. Unlike those two, Convalmore hasn’t been many people’s focus since the whisky supposedly wasn’t all that good. … Continue reading

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BenRiach 2005-2014, 9yo, Peated, Virgin Oak finish, 58.7%

My father in law has a developed a taste for Virgin Oak matured (or finished) whiskies. Over the years he’s gathered a few here and there with the idea of hosting a tasting for us at some point. That hasn’t … Continue reading

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A weekend in the Ardennes with the in-laws

The radio silence on every bit of media except some ‘Facebook liking’ was caused by a weekend in Belgium, nearby Durbuy. I’m not entirely sure if you can call a Friday to Wednesday period a weekend though. My mother-in-law and … Continue reading

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Auchentoshan Silver Oak, 21 year old, 51.5%, Travel Retail ‘only’

Yeah. Auchentoshan. The darling distillery of Toshan Man Mark Dermul. He’s also the guy I bought this sample of. I’ve had some good ones, but there are also some lesser ones and when this one came out a couple of … Continue reading

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Mars Komagatake, The Revival 2011, 58%

With a name and age like this you would be inclined to think this is some joke from Glenglassaugh. Or maybe GlenDronach, but then it would have to be older. Five times older to be precise. This sample was a … Continue reading

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Springbank Vintage 1996, Single Cask 263, 54.9%

Generally, when you think of a Fino cask matured whisky you’re not imagining a really deep brown dram. In this case, that would make you wrong. Generally, when you think of a single cask from a distillery, bottled by themselves … Continue reading

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