Whisky Monster Koray Ozdemir
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Introducing Koray Özdemir, affectionately known in the whisky community as the “Whisky Monster.” Originally from the vibrant culture of Turkey, Koray now calls the bustling city of Los Angeles his home. A true citizen of the world, his passion for whisky has turned him into an avid traveler, sharing and expanding his expertise across the globe.

Koray’s adventure with whisky began with a saxophone in one hand and a life-changing dram of Laphroaig 10 Year Old in the other. This sparked a journey that led him to create ‘Keyif Adamı,’ a popular beverage blog in Turkey, and later, the globally recognized Whisky Monster blog.

His professional path in the whisky industry is diverse and impressive. From being a spirits buyer to taking on the role of West Coast Brand Ambassador for Paul John Indian Single Malt Whisky, Koray has always been on the move. In 2021, he further broadened his horizons as the National Ambassador for Paul John and the US Portfolio Ambassador at 375 Park Avenue Spirits.

After making a significant impact as the Ardray Brand Curator for Beam Suntory in Los Angeles, Koray has embraced a new venture as a consultant. In this role, he travels the world, conducting tastings and sharing his rich knowledge of whisky with enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Koray’s expertise and passion for whisky were globally acknowledged in 2023 when he was honored as the World Whisky Brand Ambassador of the Year at Icons of Whisky both in the USA and globally. Besides hosting tastings and exploring new cultures, he also serves as a judge at the esteemed San Francisco World Spirit Competition and World Whisky Awards, and engages in various educational initiatives.

Koray’s story is a testament to following one’s passion. From the shores of Turkey to the global stage, he continues to inspire and educate others about the art and soul of whisky. 🥃