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.

Spirit of Freedom 30 years old, 46%

A bottling done five years ago to commemorate the 700th Anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn, logically in 1314 AD. It was released by Springbank distillery, so logically this would be rather similar to their Campbeltown Loch series. Also, a … Continue reading

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Benromach 2010-2018, Peat Smoke, Sherry Cask, 59.9% – OB

A little while ago a friend of mine (RvB) bottle-shared half his bottle and after someone got there first, I took the remaining 25cl. Generally, Benromach is a very solid whisky that works very well with both bourbon and sherry … Continue reading

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Springbank Local Barley 14yo, 1999-2014, 57.8% – Springbank Society

Yet another sample I had in my cupboard from some years ago! And what a sample it is. A local barley Springbank (they already got me there), from the Springbank Society (cool, cool), from a sherry cask and bottled for … Continue reading

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Burnside 1991-2018, 26yo, 46.7% – Cadenhead’s

As I sit here reviewing this almost-single-malt I think about how clever this ploy of the whisky industry actually is. William Grants, the owners of Balvenie Distillery don’t want their distillery’s name on a bottle, so they teaspoon it with … Continue reading

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Macallan 1990-2003, 12yo, 57.6% – Signatory Vintage

Yet another random sample I grabbed from my shelf before I went on holiday last week. On the label there was only the vintage and the ABV, so at least I knew I didn’t want to start with this one. … Continue reading

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Spring cleaning, 2019 edition

Every year there’s a period in which I get a bit itchy to downsize more or less every part of my life that’s consuming an out-of-proportion amount of time, effort and/or money. Bottles Generally I try to supress that itch … Continue reading

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Longmorn 1973-1999, 25yo, 55.5% – Hart Brothers

Every once in a while there is one of those drams of years ago that keep popping up, even though they drawn from a single cask. This Longmorn is such a dram. I tried it first a decade ago, at … Continue reading

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