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 and beer. I like to listen to loads of music and read an occasional book. I'm married to Anneke, have a daughter Ot and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.

Six Irish Whiskeys at De Whiskykoning (2/2)

The second three whiskies were number 3, 5 and 6 of the tasting. Rob decided that the first higher strength whisky was very good, but couldn’t stand up to Teeling’s flavour rampage. Anyway, it was a good call, but that … Continue reading

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Six Irish Whiskeys at De Whiskykoning (1/2)

Last Friday I went to a whiskey tasting in Den Bosch, at De Whiskykoning, of which I was slightly skeptical. The theme was Irish whiskeys, and I don’t have much experience with those. There are some nice ones, some great … Continue reading

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Havana Club Selección de Maestros

A short while ago Shai, from Israel, sent me a sample of Havana Club’s Selección de Maestros. It’s Havana Club’s new premium rum. He had been given a bottle to spread among the more public drinkers amongst his friends. I … Continue reading

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The Lost Distilleries Blend, Batch 4, 50.9% – The Blended Whisky Company/Master of Malt

As I’ve said plenty of times before, Master of Malt is not only a shop but also a bottler. Although, between the stuff they produce, have produced and bottle under one of their labels, you’d start to think it’s the … Continue reading

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Bowmore’s Piece of Islay Twitter Tasting

Yesterday Bowmore organized a Twitter tasting with three new whiskies they’re releasing in Travel Retail. There was some confusion to what was exactly happening since there was some unclear communication about several events they are organizing. After that was cleared … Continue reading

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We fought the NAS but the NAS won

We’ve all been nagging on and off about NAS whiskies, their exorbitant pricing and lack of quality. And yes, that’s a massive generalization but that’s what it boils down according to many. This discussion didn’t get a lot of traction … Continue reading

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Regional tasting Noord-Holland, by the Usquebaugh Society

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Blogger burn-out

I already announced something on Facebook and Twitter earlier today. I have gotten tired of continuously being on the edge of my seat for new whisky releases, writing tasting notes of stuff that comes out or has been/is no longer … Continue reading

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Springbank 12, Cask Strength, 2013 edition, 53.1%

I started to type up this whisky review vigorously, when I decided to see how this bottling compares to the earlier one I had tried, about a year ago at De Whiskykoning. As it turns out, it’s exactly the same … Continue reading

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Glen Garioch 23, 1990-2013, 49.9% – Signatory Vintage

When we held the whisky tasting at Emakina (my work) we had loads of fun. But, since I was hosting the tasting with a buddy, I didn’t take any notes since I didn’t want to come off too geeky (who … Continue reading

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