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Issue 131 - The Dutch Collector

Whisky Magazine Issue 131
October 2015

 

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The Dutch Collector

Mr Maltstock and his 700 single malt

With the start of a new series on serious whisky collectors, Hans meets up with Mr Teun van Wel. Born on 17 November 1973 in a little town close to Brabant's capital, Hertogenbosch (of The Whisky Koning's fame) in the Netherlands. Teun grew up in the vicinity before enlisting as a student at the University of Nijmegen, trying his hand at Management Studies. After receiving his bachelor degree he decided to look around and travel the world, having a fondness for visiting faraway places.

Soon he picked up a job at Thomas Cook Travel Agency and after ten years became an independent entrepreneur as a franchisee of The Travel Club. Teun's specialty is tailor made trips wherever in the world, specialising in whisky trips. Now we're talking.

Why whisky? “Well that's quite a story. When I was still at university in the mid 1990s, I watched a movie called Rob Roy, with my good pal Arthur Roos. There was a contest connected to the movie ticket, the main prize being a trip to Scotland. Our fondness for travelling made us decide to enter the contest.”

For many months the two friends didn't hear anything and totally forgot about it, until a letter informed them they had won second prize – a four and one half litre bottle of Johnnie Walker Red Label. “It was 1995, we turned it into quite a ritual, opening the bottle and pouring our first dram. I must confess, I did not like it at all and spat out the first swig.” That wasn't the end of whisky for Teun however. By due diligenc...

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