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.

GlenDronach 2003-2015, 12yo, Virgin Oak Hogshead, 54.7% – OB for The Netherlands

So, first a bit of background on the weirdness that is a Virgin Oak cask. Initially, I, and lots of others with me, figured that a virgin oak cask means that a cask hasn’t been used before. Like every cask … Continue reading

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Edradour 42yo, 1968-2010, 46% – Captain Burn’s

Sometimes you come across a whisky that you really want to like. I’ve had that with quite a few Edradours over the years, but so far it’s never really worked out. In this case I’m not talking about all those … Continue reading

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Glen Scotia 1991-2013, 46% – Wemyss Malts (Merchant’s Mahogany Chest)

I think Wemyss has taken lessons from the Scotch Malt Whisky Society based on how they name their whiskies. This ‘Merchant’s Mahogany Chest’ has a name based on the flavor of the whisky. So, I expect deep and woody flavors … Continue reading

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GlenDronach 1995-2015, 19yo, 54.2% – OB for Whiskybase

How is it, that without any indication a market can get fed up with a certain brand of whisky? I think that’s more or less what’s happening with mid-nineties (and younger) GlenDronach. Every year the distillery releases about two batches … Continue reading

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Beers of April

Once again, my list of beers from April. Some great ones, some good ones, and unfortunately some utter crap ones. Thornbridge I finally went for a few beers at the Thornbridge pub in Den Bosch and had a couple of … Continue reading

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Invergordon 1972-2016, 43yo, 49.8% – WhiskyNerds

Apparently a sizable batch of Invergordon casks has been released from the warehouses of Martin Armstrong. A while ago he released a few on his own WhiskyBroker label, and one was bottled for Whiskybase, for their database containing 70,000 whiskies. … Continue reading

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Balmenach 1988-2014, 25yo, 54.3% – Signatory Vintage

Balmenach is one of those distilleries that you don’t see many bottlings of. The first one I ever tried was a dirty and slightly rubbery Blackadder bottling, probably about ten years ago. They were put on my map again in … Continue reading

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