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.

Talisker 18, 2019 release, 45.8%

When I started drinking whisky, about 15 years ago, we went straight from Glenfiddich 12 to Talisker 18 and Caol Ila 18. Let’s say I’ve never been sensible about whisky, or money. Anyway, back then this whisky made tremendous impact … Continue reading

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Rhumerie du Simon 15yo, 2004-2019, 61% – The Duchess

I decided that the summery weather warrants a summery drink, and what’s more summery than rum? Daiquiris maybe, but apart from that I can’t really think of anything. So, I picked this sample that Best of Wines recently sent me, … Continue reading

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Blended Malt, 18yo, 46.6% – Whiskybase

As we know by now, Whiskybase releases a whisky for every 10,000 whiskies added to their database. The last one that was released is a blended malt of 18 years old, at a very limited ABV of 46.6%. What we … Continue reading

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Search for a Whisky Bothy (Ralfy Mitchell)

It’s been ages since I did a book review here. I’ve not been reading much at all, over the last few years, not since travelling by train to work stopped because of changing jobs and locations. But I’m trying to … Continue reading

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Foursquare 2001-2019, 18yo, 56.9% – The Duchess

Yet another rum from The Duchess, which is a series from Best of Wines in Bussum, The Netherlands. They’ve been bottling some whisky, but lately it is mostly rum that’s coming from their stables. In this case there are two … Continue reading

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Willett XCF 1.0, Curacao Casks, 51.7%

Whisk(e)y is a rather static product. At the moment the marketing departments of every distillery keep blabbering on about innovation, but in the end, there is none. They do the same thing they did a hundred years ago, but by … Continue reading

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Moonshine and Bourbon from Kings County Distillery

I always get a bit of an itch when distilleries release a moonshine. The definition of moonshine is that it is illegally distilled hooch, and when it’s properly released it is everything but that. So, apart from marketing it doesn’t … Continue reading

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