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.

Bowmore, 56.1% – OB for Feis Ile 2014

Mostly, when a Feis Ile bottling comes out, there are ways of identifying it apart from the release for the festival. Lagavulin generally has an age, Ardbeg had some ridiculous theme, Laphroaig has a Cairdeas edition and so on. Bowmore … Continue reading

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Glenrothes 1997-2016, 53.5% – WhiskyBroker (for Van Zuylen)

The Van Zuylen bit is between brackets in the title since this whisky came out as a shop bottling for Van Zuylen AND a regular bottling from WhiskyBroker. It seems they split the cask since it’s the same cask number … Continue reading

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Bowmore 15, 55.4% – OB for Feis Ile 2012

It’s probably not a secret for anyone who has spent any time reading this wee blog, but I love me some Bowmore. Apart from some expressions that are just a bit too straight forward I think their lighter Islay character, … Continue reading

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Bruichladdich 25, 1993-2018, 49.3 – Cadenhead’s for NL

Bruichladdich is one of those distilleries that I really, really like. However, I do recognize that the whisky distilled around its closing date in 1993. This must have been distilled in the last few months of it being open, before … Continue reading

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Balblair 1999-2017, 3rd release, 46%

Recently Balblair have switched to using age statements instead of vintages. I can understand the marketing effectiveness of it, since vintages don’t really mean anything unless you also clearly state when something was bottled. This one, however, was bottled in … Continue reading

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Ardbeg 1993-2003, 52.9% – Spirit of Scotland for Potstill Vienna

Yet another random sample I found on my shelf. Ardbeg 1993 caught my eye since that’s a vintage that’s becoming insanely expensive nowadays. Of course, the label was lacking any other information, so I had absolutely no clue to the … Continue reading

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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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