Author Archives: Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

About Sjoerd de Haan-Kramer

I'm. highly interested in booze, with a focus on whisk(e)y. 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.

Glenfarclas 21, 47.9% – OB for the Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland

… And as far as my experience with those bars goes, that means Fiddlers’ in Drumnadrochit. I bought this last June when I was there with one of my best friends, JPH. We spent the night there, while drinking too … Continue reading

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Laphroaig 20, 1995-2015, 58.4% – SMWS (Essence of Islay)

Yet another completely random sample that I most likely got from a Bottle Share. As you can see by the year of bottling in the title, this has been collecting dust for about four years, with me completely forgetting about … Continue reading

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Kavalan Solist 2010-2016, B101217032A, 58.6%

Ah, who doesn’t remember B101217032A? It’s one of those iconic cask numbers that makes most whisky lovers drool. But no, it doesn’t really resonate, these eleven characters which most likely only mean something to the distillery’s barcode scanner. It also … Continue reading

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Heaven Hill 2001-2015, Sherry Hogshead, 48.9% – Malts of Scotland

Apart from the fact that this is neither a malt, nor from Scotland, it’s still a pretty interesting twist on things. A pretty well matured Bourbon (at least 13 years old, but matured in a sherry hogshead! That is something … Continue reading

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Springbank 12, Burgundy Cask, 53.5%

We’re venturing into dangerous territory. Y’all know I absolutely worship Springbank for more or less everything they do. However, every now and the a wine cask release pops up and it’s getting sketchy. Mostly, because in general wine cask usage … Continue reading

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Johnnie Walker Black Label, 1970s bottling, 40%

About a decade ago, you could buy random bottles like this in auction just to spread the shipping costs over more than one bottle. I looked it up in the backlog of the auction site where I got this one … Continue reading

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Glen Scotia 15yo, 2001, Mashman’s Reserve, 58.2% – Distillery Only

As with most Distillery Only bottlings, you actually have to go to the distillery to pick it up. Which is yet another good reason to visit such a little piece of heaven on earth. I picked this one up at … Continue reading

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