Monday, February 6, 2017

New Crew Members

We are excited to announce that Cody Diefenderfer and Erik Hasselgärde have joined our regular writing crew.

Please give the guys a warm welcome; we are looking very much forward to their upcoming reviews and articles.

My name is Cody Diefenderfer. Some of you may know me as dram_dude on Instagram. I've been really into whisky for only 2 years now, so I'm no expert, but I spend a lot of time reading, learning and tasting whisky.

My interest in whisky was kind of sudden. Wine and spirits has never been unknown to me thanks to my father so I've always enjoyed it, but my passion for whisky was sparked by a bottle I bought on a whim. That bottle led to two more, which led to five, then ten, and then many more than my wife was ever expecting. I enjoy all whisky but most of my time 

and money goes into single malt scotch.

Some of my favorite scotch distilleries are Springbank, Laphroaig, The Balvenie and Highland Park. I enjoy all types of scotch, peated or not, but I love ones with a hint of peat like a Benromach. I try to keep my reviews straightforward and honest, so hopefully you'll find them helpful.

I currently reside in the Bay Area, California with my wife. She is not a whisky drinker which just means more for me! You can also follow me on Instagram @dram_dude.


My name is Erik Hasselgärde. I’m from the northern part of Sweden, and I’m currently living in Stockholm, working with musicians. A state monopoly, heavy taxation and a non-existent market makes for a frustrating interest, but after falling in love with bourbon from the first sip–I didn’t really have a choice.

I opened a bottle of Bulleit bourbon one warm summer weekend and, when experiencing that rich spicy whiskey while the sun was going down, it clicked with me. I’ve been nosing, tasting, reading, experimenting since then, and recently also started exploring the bourbon community on social media–writing and sharing experiences with some of the best people out there.

These days – if I’m picking – I go for the complex, sweet, oaky bourbons, and I drink them neat or in a stiff cocktail. I try my best to preserve personal bottles of Blanton’s Straight From The Barrel, Noah’s Mill and Booker’s and try to keep a bottle open at all times of Wild Turkey 101, Four Roses Single Barrel and Evan Williams Extra Aged.

I post pictures on Instagram as @northernbourbon, and I also write personal articles about bourbon and Swedish alcohol history on the Medium publication Northern Bourbon.

At best I hope to add a Nordic perspective on bourbon to the Sons, and if nothing else then some guidance and opinion of the whiskey that I love!