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.

The Diageo Special Releases

My post is a bit late to the party, but I didn’t get around to it yesterday. In the mysterious of Diageo the list of Special Releases was announced yesterday, but not through their PR company (Cognis PR) or their … Continue reading

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The General, 53.4% – Compass Box

Compass Box is a highly regarded whisky ‘releaser’. They release all kinds of whiskies that they generally blend in their London offices. I don’t call them a blender in the regular sense of the word since I think they’re more … Continue reading

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Laphroaig 1995, 17yo, 61.5%, Nurses and Doctors attend a Beach BBQ – SMWS (29.134)

Another wee drop of SMWS booze. Let’s hope this one is more to my liking than yesterday’s Highland Park. Laphroaig is a bit of a strange whisky. There’s quite a lot of independent bottlings out there, as well as an … Continue reading

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Highland Park 1999, 11yo, 56.6%, Sherbet Fountains and Rainbow Drops – SMWS (4.158)

Due to quite a lot of sample buying and sharing from and with whisky buddies in England, I’ve gotten my hand on some SMWS samples. Apparently the SMWS there is loads more fun than it is in The Netherlands. Bummer … Continue reading

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Millstone Ménage a Trois, 46% – Zuidam Distillers

I had to check with my wife before making this statement, but it seems like Zuidam’s Ménage a Trois is the only threesome I’m ever going to get. Apart from all lowbrow jokes on a ‘Ron de Jeremy’ level aside, let’s … Continue reading

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Investing in whisky

Whisky is made for drinking. That’s the statement that should be here in regard to investing in whisky, or any other kind of booze for that matter. That is, according to a lot of whisky geeks out there. On the … Continue reading

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Laphroaig 15, 1998-2013, 60.8% – Signatory Vintage for The Whisky Exchange

Apparently I was wrong about the amount of samples of bottlings for The Whisky Exchange I had lying around. The mistake was made when I only counted samples that TWE had sent me, instead of just all of them. This … Continue reading

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