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.

Ben Nevis MacDonald’s Traditional, 46%

In a recent sample exchange, Tom chucked in a sample of this Ben Nevis NAS. In recent years this distillery has become much more popular up to a level that their regular 10 years old is more often sold out … Continue reading

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Springbank 12, 1991-2004, 46% – Hart Brothers

At a point in time when whisky was still a lot more affordable De Whiskykoning was not just a bottle-shop, but also an importer of several brands. Stuff happened and things changed, but there is still some stash from back … Continue reading

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Mortlach 1978-1998, 20yo, 62.2% – Rare Malts Selection

By now the Rare Malts Selection is quickly becoming the stuff of legend. It’s not even that all of them are stellar whiskies, but enough of them are to lift up the entire series. And when they are stellar, I … Continue reading

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Craigellachie 2006-2021, Barrel 900942, 60.4% – Whisky Center (Ignatius I)

A couple of weeks ago Dirk Jan Keijser of Whisky Center kindly sent me some samples from a tasting pack he’s selling with Versaille Dranken in Nijmegen, if I’m not mistaken. It contained some Glenfiddichs which I still have to … Continue reading

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Glen Scotia 20, 1992-2012, Hogshead 08/71, 50.4% – Archives

If I’m not mistaken this was in the first batch of whiskies ever released by Archives, which has since become a more-or-less household name for whisky fanatics in The Netherlands, and abroad. I got my hands on a bottle recently, … Continue reading

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Clynelish 1988-2012, 23yo, Cask ES 009/04, 50% – The First Editions

In a recent purchase I got my hands on some weird older bottles of random distilleries. Some were bottle-shared, some were reserved for tastings, but from all of them I kept a sample for proper assessment. When, in that set … Continue reading

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Ardnamurchan Batch 1 and 2!

Last September the first official release of Ardnamurchan happened. And if you’ve never been to a whisky festival between 2017 and early 2020, you might have never tasted their spirit either. It’s quite the anticipated distillery, since Adelphi, who runs/owns/built … Continue reading

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Guest post: 1980s Springbank, a rare treat

Once more, Tom van Engelen shares his take on things going on in his world of whisky. This time around he reviews a sample he got his hands on, of a Springbank bottling from yonder year. The 1980s were hard times … Continue reading

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The Alrik, 1st Fill European Oak Sherry Quarter Cask L1972, 56.5% – Distillery Exclusive

Well, this one takes a bit of explanation. Let’s start with where it’s from. If you look this bottle up on Whiskybase, it states that The Alrik is made by Hercynian Distilling Co. / Hammerschmiede. Then, if you check that … Continue reading

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Writer’s Tears, Mizunara Cask Finish, 55%

To continue with the Saint Patrick’s Day celebration I decided to try my part of the bottle-share of this Writer’s Tears release. I don’t have too much experience with the brand, but I do remember having a previous cask strength … Continue reading

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