2019 Special guests
Lifelong Ambassador to Four Roses
Four Roses Bourbon’s Brand Ambassador Al Young is among the world’s whisky(ey) royalty.
Young has been with Four Roses for 47 years, serving in a variety of roles in quality control and management. In 1990, he became distillery manager of Four Roses’ Lawrenceburg, Kentucky facility and in 2007 was named Four Roses brand ambassador, a role that has him criss-crossing the country sharing the story of Four Roses and its bourbons. He is also historian for the storied 127-year old Kentucky bourbon brand, having researched archives, distillery records, news accounts, photos and artifacts in order to write the coffee-table book “Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend,” published in 2010.
Glenfiddich Brand Ambassador
A native Scotsman who grew up within driving distance of the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown,Scotland, David Allardice is the true embodiment of the pioneering spirit of Glenfiddich. A Scottish transplant whose whisky expertise was developed many thousands of miles from home, David has consistently demonstrated the kind of passion,experience and resourcefulness that has become the hallmark of the distillery he represents.Surprisingly for someone who grew up in the heart of whisky-making tradition, it took a move to America to truly ignite David’s passion for Scotch.Shortly after moving to Dallas, Texas in 2005 to pursue a career in web design, David discovered his fierce passion for the fascinating world of whisky after a chance encounter with a dram of Glenfiddich. From there, the rest is history. For David, there was no looking back, as he began to amass as much knowledge about whisky as possible, sampling different whiskies and teaching himself all there was to know about nosing and production.
& American Whiskey Ambassador
Adam developed his love of Bourbon and a good cocktail while working in New York City bars. During his time in New York, the cocktails he created were published in several prominent publications, including the Wall Street Journal and the San Francisco Chronicle. He took his first job with Beam Suntory in 2006 and since then he’s been sharing stories and promoting Beam Suntory’s American Whiskey portfolio in the U.S. as well as around the globe. In 2010, he was named a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the Commonwealth in recognition of his contributions. This year he was named 2017 "Icon of Whisky" by Whisky Advocate Magazine.
Known for his enthusiasm and approachable style, Adam spends time throughout the year working with the Master Distillers and teams at both Jim Beam & Maker’s Mark to learn all aspects of the bourbon craft as well as tasting and helping select new products. He enjoys talking about those special experiences with old and new friends alike.