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.

Lowlands whiskies, their trouble, and an Ailsa Bay

From a regional perspective, as far as that is still a thing in Scotch whisky, the Lowlands are a strange one. If you regard the size of the regions it’s only second to the Highlands. But when it comes to … Continue reading

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Glenlivet 1949-1980s, 40% – Gordon & MacPhail ‘George & J.G. Smith’s’

A while ago I got a surprise sample with an order from Best of Wines in Bussum. Apparently they had gotten some open bottles when buying a collection and this was one of them. If memory serves, that is. Of … Continue reading

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Springbank 11, 2006-2018, Fresh Sherry Hogshead, 59.6%

And now for one of the most useless reviews ever… This is one of those obscure Cage bottlings from Springbank, where you can get a one-off in their shop, and it will never see its likeness again. The full information … Continue reading

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Lochlea First Release, Bourbon and PX casks, 46%

Yet another distillery that has recently come on steam. The very first release of Lochlea is this three year old whisky from First Fill Bourbon and Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks, bottled at a decent 46%. Contrary to most other new … Continue reading

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Watt Whisky, in person

With a group of friends that I’ve known for almost 20 years, we go to Scotland more or less every two years. The previous trip was in 2018, to Islay, which meant the next one was planned for the spring … Continue reading

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Clynelish 8, 2010/2011-2020, Parcel No. 2, 48% – Single Malts of Scotland Reserve Casks

For a few years, Single Malts of Scotland, from Elixir Distillers, have branched out a little bit and have started doing small batches of whiskies instead of single casks. This Clynelish is one that came out two years ago and … Continue reading

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Laphroaig 10, Cask Strength Batch #014, 58.6%

Generally, when official 10 year old Laphroaigs come out, they sell out instantly. Or at least, that was the premise to me, when I decided to get myself one of these. One half, to be exact, since my bottle was … Continue reading

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Glencadam 19, 1990-2010, Bourbon/Sherry Cask 5984, 56.3% – A.D. Rattray

Well, this obviously wasn’t really a single cask, was it? It came from one cask, but before it was in that one, it was in another cask. I’ve heard, but am not sure 100% about it, that the SWA is … Continue reading

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Bruichladdich 8, 2011-2019, Bourbon Cask #150, 65.8% – Lady of the Glen

I doubt if I ever had a dram from Lady of the Glen before. Probably, but not one I remember without doing more research into old tasting notes. Anyway, it’s a bottler, like there are many. Even though there are … Continue reading

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Grosperrin No 73 Heritage pour Passion for Whisky, 54.6%

While Cognac isn’t something I review an awful lot of, there is significantly more on this blog than I would have dared guess some years ago. Back then, when Cognac was still what it still is most known for, I … Continue reading

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