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.

Glengoyne 25, 48%

It seems Glengoyne has finally joined the ranks of distillers that bottle some of their product at 48%. As far as I remember they always did everything either at cask strength or at 43%. 48% is better. At least I … Continue reading

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Glenburgie 1990-2003, 57.9% – Gordon & MacPhail Reserve

It’s a bit strange how I decide to purchase some whiskies. Generally, I buy with a purpose, at least the last couple of years. I want something from a specific distillery, or a specific age. Sometimes after tasting it at … Continue reading

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Lagavulin Friends of the Classic Malts, 48%, 2013 edition

A while ago I reviewed the older ‘FotCM’ edition of Lagavulin and I quite liked that one. It was a twelve year old from fresh sherry casks which made it quite a heavy dram and also rather different from the normal … Continue reading

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Aultmore 1989, 14 yo, 58.6% – SMWS (73.9, A Dairy Dram)

When I recently started to give away some books I had racked up in the attic and I no longer wanted or needed, a couple whisky buddies were interested in some. They, as whisky buddies do, offered a sample in … Continue reading

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Arran 8yo, 2006-2014, 56.6%, Peated – OB for The Nectar

Arran is on a roll the last year or two, with many private cask releases and also quite a few releases for themselves. Since about five years or so they’ve also got a peated whisky on the market, called Arran … Continue reading

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Balvenie Tun 1509, batch 1, 47.1%

Balvenie got a lot of high marks with their Tun 1401 series over the last couple of years. The Tun 1858 was a release for Taiwan that Sam Simmons let us taste at Maltstock some 4 years ago, that was … Continue reading

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Glen Moray 25, 1987, Port Cask Finish, 43%

This Glen Moray from the ‘rare vintage collection’ was all the rage last year. It was suddenly available everywhere, and the distillery didn’t put all that much in marketing of it. Nonetheless it seems to be on everyone’s radar all … Continue reading

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