WhiskyFest Speaker Gabriel Cardarella

Gabriel Cardarella

North American Brand Ambassador  |  John Dewar & Son’s Ltd.

A deeply knowledgeable whisky expert for over 8 years, Gabe Cardarella has educated bartenders and consumers around the world about the special taste of DEWAR’S. “It’s my job to share the true stories of our whiskies, while diving into the business of whisky production and what makes each of them special,” he says.

Throughout the past decade, Cardarella has hosted a variety of tastings, training sessions and trade shows across the country, drawing on his extensive knowledge to help other professionals understand the depth, complexity and beauty of Scotch whisky. He has led master classes in Scotland and been featured in print magazines, such as American Way, Crave, the Wall Street Journal and online publications. In keeping with his commitment to his brand, Cardarella was featured in a 10-part “True Education” video series on YouTube that has drawn 100,000 to 200,000 views for each segment, and more recently nominated for Best Scotch Whisky Ambassador in America by Whisky Magazines Icons of Whisky.

To learn the craft of whisky making, Cardarella has journeyed from his native Ohio to Aberfeldy, Scotland, the home of DEWAR’S, with many stops in between. He was trained by Stephanie Macleod, the DEWAR’S master blender, and has traveled the world, immersing himself in the history of the whisky, while mastering the various production and distillation techniques.

“Good whisky becomes great whisky when sharing it with good people over good stories” – Gabriel Cardarella