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.

Age vs. NAS round 5: Macallan Fine Oak 10 vs. Macallan Gold

At the time of tasting I didn’t know what these were of course, but it’s an interesting experiment for sure. If I would’ve gone into this tasting with knowledge of the samples, things might have been different since those Macallans … Continue reading

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Age vs. NAS round 4: Cardhu 12 vs. Cardhu Amber Rock

The penultimate round of the Big Blind Tasting by Oliver Klimek brings us to a distillery that is barely ever encountered from indies, and neither are there many¬†official bottlings. I think I have seen an 18 year old apart from … Continue reading

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Age vs. NAS round 3: Glenlivet 12 vs Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve

We’re already halfway through the Big Blind Tasting as Oliver Klimek has dubbed this experiment. At first I was very enthusiastic about joining it, but when the samples arrived I couldn’t really get myself to try them. Mostly because I … Continue reading

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Age vs. NAS round 2: Dalmore 12 vs Dalmore Valour

The second round of NAS vs Non-NAS (or Age Stated) is another pair from around the tiny speck of the North Sea that ends in the Moray Firth. That’s a very creative way of saying that they’re not too far … Continue reading

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Age vs. NAS round 1: Glen Moray 12 vs Glen Moray Port Finish

With all the NAS releases being done over¬†last couple of years, and the flack the industry is getting for doing those instead of ‘properly aged whisky’ there was bound to be someone to do a comparison. Of course, a comparison … Continue reading

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Benromach 15, 43%

On Tuesday I was welcomed home by a big brown envelope. Normally when you say brown envelope you start thinking of discreetly packed goods you don’t want your neighbors to know about, but in this case I don’t really care. … Continue reading

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Macduff 1980-2011, 30 years old, 54.1% – Malts of Scotland

I really love old Macduff. I love old Macduff from bourbon casks even more. I’ve tried a couple of them over the years and all of them have been incredibly good. Subtle fruit and malt and oak matured to near … Continue reading

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