Established bilingual author, internationally renowned media expert and whisky connoisseur. Hans studied English and Business Journalism. When he completed his professional graphical education, he specialised in electronic media as early as the late 1970s. He is considered one of the pioneers in this field in the Netherlands, UK and USA.
Starting his whisky quest at the age of 18, Hans has been trained by many whisky experts in the industry, among whom Michael Jackson (†), Charles MacLean and Jim Rutledge (Four Roses). He has written and translated many books and articles on this subject over the years, as well as visited hundreds of distilleries worldwide. Hans is proud to be a Tennessee Squire, Kentucky Colonel and a Keeper of the Quaich.
Co-owner of Conceptual Continuity, she is responsible for the editing and layout of books, research management and often provides photography. Moreover, she has a remarkable natural talent for nosing and tasting. In addition she holds a university degree in marine biology, is a licensed real estate agent and former Vice President of a commerical real estate company.
Hans has been closely cooperating with his wife Becky since 2006. They are known internationally as The Whisky Couple, a registered tradename of their media production company Conceptual Continuity. Hans and Becky conduct whisky nosing & tasting sessions for corporate events, restaurants, hotels, business clubs and whisky festivals. Furthermore The Whisky Couple works as translators/editors and photographers for the whisky industry at large. In addition they develop marketing concepts and material for the international whisky industry.