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2015 Issue / Vol. 3, No. 18                              Scotch Ambassador - Westin Kierland, Scottsdale 

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Guy Sporbert Scotch Ambassador at Westin Kierland Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona
He has a love for whiskey and a knack for being at the right place at the right time. That’s how Guy Sporbert got the job as Westin Kierland’s Scotch Ambassador. “About a year-and-a-half ago,” Sporbert gave the details, “the hotel decided to initiate a scotch program. The Westin likes to celebrate the contributions of the early Scottish immigrants to the area. We have a daily Scottish bagpipe performance at sunset, and they decided to include this whiskey program. I just happened to be a the right place at the right time.” Sporbert said he worked in bars and restaurants all his life, and sold whiskey in Scottsdale’s resorts for the past 25 years. Now he gets to open peoples’ understanding of his favorite spirit. “For the most part,” Sporbert explained, “when it comes to whiskey, and spirits in general, people know they like something, but they don’t know why they like it. They don’t know how it was made or how it got to their table.” But Sporbert does. He knows the history of whiskey, the way it’s made, the peculiarities of distilleries, and why whiskeys taste the way each do. “Our collection is strictly scotch-whiskey,” Sporbert said about the glass-encased shelves in the hotel’s Scotch Library. ”We have a very unique collection. It’s unique to the West, and certainly Arizona. We have three very rare bottles that would make us unique in the whole country. So it’s pretty special.” The collection contains approximately 200 bottles—that’s 200 different bottles—a third of the labels available in this country and probably a sixth of what’s made, totally. Sporbert said out the collection’s ever increasing.