Old Spirits Lab Amsterdam – Archaeology of Spirits

We are an independent company located in Amsterdam that specializes in finding rare old bottles. We firmly believe that if you don’t know the past, you can’t know the present.

We research historical changes in the production process of spirits and we love to share our knowledge with you. With years of bartending and management experience in high end hospitality places as well as auctionering of vintage liquors, we deliver a unique experience with our rare bottles and fun stories.

We believe that in the hospitality and spirits industry you can never stop learning. That is why we host tastings and workshops. We also consult to bars, restaurants and hotels on their selection of spirits and provide staff training.

We love Whisky, Cognac, Rum, Gin, Jenever, Eau-de-Vie, Liqueurs… basically everything (except vodka)! 

Cheers, we look forward to having you join us.

Old Spirits Lab – Specialists

Bauke Baljeu

Malt Whisky Specialist


  • High end hospitality hosting

Emile Smits



  • Auctioneering
  • High end hospitality
  • Historian of Fine Spirits

Dave Mulder



  • High end hospitality management
  • Boardmember Bartenders Guild
  • Trainer and award winner for multiple international cocktail competitions

Upcoming Events

Johnnie Walker: from the 1940s ’till now

Cafe BAX | November 21 2017 | 19:30-21:00 hrs

We’ll taste 5 historical bottles of Johnnie Walker, going back to the 1940s. The biggest name in Scotch whisky, Johnnie

Read more

Cognac – Martell & Denis-Mounié

December 2 2017 | 16:00-19:00 hrs

Location and prices T.B.A.

Read more

Glenlivet & Glen Moray – Past & Present

Cafe In de Waag | December 17 2017 | 16:00-19.00 hrs

Glenlivet & Glen Moray, two Speyside distilleries that used to make completely different whisky than they do nowadays. Both are

Read more

Jamaican Rum – High-Ester Malt Alternatives

This event has passed

Old Spirits Lab is back! With 7 Jamaican high ester, high proof rums. Bam! Jamaican rum is seen as one

Read more