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.

Black Friday 2021, 22yo, 49.2% – The Whisky Exchange

At The Whisky Exchange, they’ve become quite adept at creating traditions. Apart from hosting some festivals, they also release some very special limited releases that I always look forward to. The same is true for their Fine Christmas Malt, and … Continue reading

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Longmorn 17, 1992-2010, 1st Fill Bourbon Cask 48431, 53.6% – Adelphi

With a friend of mine being one of the Longmorn Brothers, it’s no surprise that I occasionally find a sample of the distillery’s whisky on my shelf. And for some reason, Longmorn generally comes from samples. I can’t remember if … Continue reading

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The joy of philosophy. Of whisky.

I recently read a whisky book written by Billy Abbott. Some of you may know him from his exploits at The Whisky Exchange. Others may know him from his frequent but-not-so-punctual visits to Maltstock. Of course, I wanted to review … Continue reading

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Secret Highland 14yo, 2006-2020, Refill Sherry Hogshead 65, 53.2% – Whisky-Doris

I have a bit of a soft spot for pretty labels. Especially these Art Nouveau, absinthe style labels are things that always peak my interest. Luckily, I’ve tried enough whisky to not just go blindly by said label, but when … Continue reading

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Four Roses 12, 55.7%, Limited Edition Small Batch 2020

Every year a batch of this limited edition is released, and every year they’re rather popular. At least, that used to be the case. For some reason, the 2020 edition that came out last year didn’t do too much initially. … Continue reading

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The Nordic Casks #1, Berry Bros. & Rudd

A little while ago, ‘The Nordic Casks’ were released by London bottler Berry Bros. & Rudd. The Nordic Casks is a set of four different whiskies from, you’d never guess, the Nordics. Single cask bottlings from a distillery in Norway, … Continue reading

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Clynelish 23, 1995-2019, Refill Sherry Butt 11242, 56.4% – Signatory

At our last visit to the Hielander Whisky Festival, my father-in-law found another Clynelish he loved. He already has a weak spot for the distillery, and finding an exceptional one is always a treat. Of course, you don’t spend € … Continue reading

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A Fine Christmas Malt 2021, 16, 53.2% – The Whisky Exchange

It’s become an annual thing for The Whisky Exchange to release special bottlings for some holidays, or things that are seen as holidays. There’s the Christmas malt, and for Black Friday there’s been a release too, for the last couple … Continue reading

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Springbank 37, 1970-2007, Sherry Cask 1344, 43% – Secret Treasures

Zeewijck, a semi-local liquor shop used to have a discount on the last three days of the year. The age of the whisky is the percentage subtracted from the price. Of course, that usually added up to 20% discount, which … Continue reading

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Arran 15, 2005-2021, Bourbon Barrel 800411, 55.2% – 12 Barrels

12 Barrels, as said in previous posts, is not really a bottler. It’s a group of friends who’ve decided to buy some casks of whisky (12, by my guess…) and bottle that for themselves. Of course, you end up with … Continue reading

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