Hi! I am Koray Kaan Özdemir. I am an engineer / musician / whisky lover / beer enthusiast who was born and raised in Turkey and now living in San Francisco, California.
I received my Bachelor’s and Master degrees from Middle East Technical University as a civil/coastal engineer. During my studies music was a big part of my life and playing the saxophone was my passion. I had the chance to play in a lot of venues in Turkey and guess what backstage life introduced me? Whisky!
After almost 10 years on the stage I moved to Denmark for Erasmus studies where I worked as a bartender and met whisky and beer professionally for the first time and fell for them. After my return to Turkey in 2011, I started my first web project ‘Keyif Adami’, which was a big hit in Turkey.
With Keyif Adami I had to chance to visit distilleries, organize tastings, deliver trainings to public and on/off premise accounts. Thanks to the power of social media, thousands of followers supported me during this period. In February 2016, I quit my engineering job and focused on whisky only.
Finally in January 2017 I moved to San Francisco for good and Whisky Monster started. Now I am working as the spirit specialist of a well known account in San Francisco and looking forward to new whisky adventures in the USA.