Whisky Magazine Issue 96
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Hans and Becky Offringa have combined their respective talents to spread the word about whisky. Dominic Roskrow reports
As double acts go Hans and Becky take some beating. They call themselves The Whisky Couple and that's exactly what they are - a partnership intent on bringing their love of whisky to as many people
Based in the Netherlands, the couple mix business with pleasure by regularly travelling to Scotland, Ireland and America in pursuit of new whisky stories.
And they use their knowledge to introduce whisky to a new audience and to train staff in high end hotels and restaurants.
“It works very well,” says Hans. “We own a company called Conceptual Continuity and we hold the trade name The Whisky Couple. I develop concepts, write and present, we both do photography, and Becky does planning, editing the layout for books, and prepares the presentations and lectures for me.
“When at home we write, when travelling it is a mixture of photography, research, interviews, writing, and it is always a lot of fun on the road.”
This pretty much ideal lifestyle is unusual because it isn't a case of ‘if you can't beat ‘em, join ‘em' - neither party was dragged to whisky because of the obsession of the other. Both have come to whisky by their own route.
Hans is a business journalist with a passion for English literature and a talent for multimedia development. He started writing about whisky 15 years ago. Becky is a marine biologist and certified real estate agent. They met through a mutual acquaintance at an art show in Charleston, South Carolina, where Becky was based. ...