Author Archives: Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm very interested in booze, with a focus on whisky. I like to listen to loads of music and play lots of Magic: the Gathering, and board games too. I'm married to Anneke, have two daughters Ot and Cato, a son Moos and a cat called Kikker (which means Frog, in Dutch). I live in Krommenie, The Netherlands.

Online tasting: USA Hidden Gems, by Whisky4All / Norbert Tebarts

Ok, so I lied. I am doing more reviews of American whiskey after all. Mostly because when I wrote the previous post, I didn’t know I could join this tasting. I wanted to get in when it was sold out, … Continue reading

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Uncle Nearest 1856, 50% – Nearest Green Distillery

I’ve more or less given up on Bourbon’s back stories since there’s more fiction than fact in these, generally. If you go by everyone’s origin story there’s about 25 guys who invented bourbon as we know it, so there’s no … Continue reading

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Online tasting: USA Exclusive II, by Whisky4All / Norbert Tebarts

Norbert is a guy who’s been around for ages in the whisky world, and has started his own company to host tastings and have stands at festivals a few years ago. He is mostly known for his enthusiasm about American … Continue reading

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Old Forester ‘1920 Prohibition Style’, 57.5%

This bottling from a few years ago is one that I had my mind set on since last week. That’s not long at all, but there’s a bit of a story there. A little while ago, with an exponentially growing … Continue reading

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Glenrothes 19, 1997-2017, 58.8% – Whiskybase

On of these 10,000*n bottles of Whiskybase. One I’ve had on my shelf for a while and never really got into, or got around to reviewing. In the end I sold some samples and it still took me three years … Continue reading

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Annandale 2016, Man O’ Sword, Founders’ Selection, 61.1%

So, my first Annandale review! I was quite excited when a new Lowlands distillery was announced. Between Auchentoshan and Glenkinchie there wasn’t too much there. At the time Bladnoch wasn’t doing much and Ailsa Bay and Daftmill weren’t releasing much, … Continue reading

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Ten Cane 11 years old, 2008-2019, 63% – The Duchess ‘Hummingbirds’

Normally I would have been happy with a sample arriving in the mail from the rather excellent rums bottled by The Duchess. Also normally, I wouldn’t really be in the know of upcoming bottlings unless Nils announced them to me. … Continue reading

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Tomatin 21, 1994-2015, 48% – Claxton’s

A second bottling from Claxton’s that I got my hands on. This time it’s a 21 year old Tomatin, which was also discounted to a pretty reasonable price. My view of Tomatin is that it can be a great whisky, … Continue reading

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Glentauchers 18, 1996-2015, 48% – Claxton’s

18 year old Glentauchers should be pretty good right? Especially when bottled at 48%, which just happens to be my sort-of favorite spot for spirits to be bottled at. It’s also from a bourbon cask, so we should be getting … Continue reading

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Loch Lomond 13, 2005-2018, 50% – Whiskybroker

This heavily peated Loch Lomond was bottled by Whiskybroker.co.uk in 2018, and if it was an official bottling this would have been called Croftengea, Inchmoan or Inchfad, since that’s how they brand their heavily peated whiskies normally. Because this is … Continue reading

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