A new independent bottler emerges from The Netherlands. They call
themselves The Whisky Nerds, which might not seem very original at
first, but I think it immediately makes them one of the better named
independent bottlers out there.
The Whisky Nerds go by the names of Bram and Floris in everyday life.
They are also part of the board of the Usquebaugh Society, the largest
whisky society of The Netherlands. Bram is the president and Floris the
secretary. I’m a member of the Usquebaugh Society, and that is how I
know these two gentleman.
Don’t expect dozens of new bottlings from them every year. That is not their philosophy, as is evident from their website:
“The bottlers have no other desire than to put out good whisky, at the
right time. If benefit is to be expected from giving a cask another year
to perform more magic on the precious spirit inside it, then it is
given. So, bottlings under the Whisky Nerds label may very well be a
Their first bottling is a joint one with Japanese Whisky-E. It is a
Glendronach from 1995, one they describe as an “honest sherry cask, in
stark contrast to the more modern era sherry bottlings that can be found
today”. The Whisky Nerds were kind enough to share a sample with me.
Glendronach 1995/2015 (55,1%, OB ‘for The Whisky Nerds, C#2380)
Sultana’s, milk chocolate and powdered coffee. Lots of sweet fruits with
black berries, dried dates and cherries. Very syrupy. Also some
porcini, which is a new aroma for me in whisky.
syrup, sugared sultana’s with walnuts and macadamia nuts. Slightly spicy
with cinnamon, cloves and a hint of pepper. Very well-balanced and
smooth, never would’ve guessed this was bottled a just over 55 percent.
Finish: Cherries and berries with a spicy note and a slight dryness. The milk chocolate lingers for a long time.