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.

Finglassie ‘Lowland Smoke’, bottled in 2021, Marsala cask, 54% – Cooper’s Choice

To close of a short series of undisclosed single malts we’ll try this one. Of course, it’s not really undisclosed, since the subtitle of the whisky says ‘distilled at Inchdairnie Distillery’, but Finglassie is close enough. Inchdairnie Distillery is a … Continue reading

Posted in Finglassie, Inchdairnie | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wardhead 21, 1997-2018, 54.6% – Càrn Mòr

Which distillery is this, this Wardhead? Well, as most whisky nerds know by now, there are some code names for distilleries that don’t want their name used on labels. Westport is Glenmorangie, Burnside is Balvenie, ‘Secret Orkney’ is Highland Park, … Continue reading

Posted in - Blended Malt, Glenfiddich, Undisclosed | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Secret Orkney 17, 2004-2022, Butt 13, 49.4% – WhiskyNerds

It’s been a full month since my last post on here, but more on that later. Holidays happened in the meantime, and when I got back home there was a lovely little sample of this Highland Park whisky waiting for … Continue reading

Posted in Highland Park, Undisclosed | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Campbeltown Vertical of Classics

With anything made by Springbank selling out instantly, Tom thought it right to go through the three classics that they put out. Most of them are reasonably available, with especially the Springbank 10 being in some shops for € 50 … Continue reading

Posted in Hazelburn, Longrow, Springbank | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Glen Grant 26, 1995-2021, Bourbon Barrel, 50.6% – Whisky Sponge

We all know Whisky Sponge for the fairly hilarious blog posts from a while ago. Hilarious if you are a bit embedded in the whisky world and know who and what all references refer to. It seems to have gone … Continue reading

Posted in Glen Grant | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Family Silver 19yo, 2001-2021, Oloroso Sherry Cask #4630, 44% – Cooper’s Choice

The label states this is a Blended Malt, but somewhere in my mind I registered this as Glenfarclas. I have no idea where I read or heard that, but there it is. I guess ‘The Most Famous Distillery in Speyside’ … Continue reading

Posted in - Blended Malt, Undisclosed | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Longmorn 22, 1969-1991, 43% – Berry Bros. & Rudd

It might come as no surprise that a sample of such a Longmorn comes from one of the Longmorn brothers. I’ve had it for a while and never really felt like the time was right for drinking it. When something … Continue reading

Posted in Longmorn | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Royal Lochnagar 28, 1973-2001, 50% – Old Malt Cask

When you have friends who try to celebrate decadence by pruning their whisky collection from anything that they wouldn’t rate at 90 points or higher, some old bottles tend to show up. I bought a set of bottles of the … Continue reading

Posted in Royal Lochnagar | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Isle of Jura 14, 1995-2010, Refill Bourbon Barrel 3199, 57.8% – Gordon & MacPhail

Ah, the infamous Isle of Jura distillery. On the island of ‘one’. One road, one town, one way there, one hotel, one distillery, one million deer. I was there in 2018. We were on the street across from the distillery … Continue reading

Posted in Jura | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Caol Ila 15, Feis Ile 2022, Refill and Virgin American Oak, 55.2%

Even though I have a sample of this lined up somewhere, Tom van Engelen beat me to it by writing this tasting notes, and sending them to me for publication. Freak out with Caol Ila Sawdust The Festival of Malt … Continue reading

Posted in - Guest Post, Caol Ila | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment