NICOLA RISKE European Brand Ambassador for The Macallan, Nicola Riske is known for her undeniable passion for whisky & showing up at distilleries with her steel- toed boots & hi-vis in hand, ready to work.
Currently a resident of Madrid, Spain, Ms. Riske was born & raised in Winnipeg, Canada. She spent the first 11 years of her whisky career based in New York City, representing brands such as Edrington’s Highland Park & The Famous Grouse. In 2016, she decided to jump across the pond & relocate to Spain to share her love for The Macallan across Europe. She says it’s the best decision she’s ever made in her life.
During her time in NYC, she got involved with her local United States Bartenders Guild Chapter (IBA) to connect with her local bartender community & further her spirits education, eventually becoming Executive Secretary on the Board of Directors from 2012-2016.
Short-listed for both the Spirited Awards as well as Icons of Whisky, Nicola is internationally recognized for her Scotch whisky education. Her energy, constant thirst for knowledge and occasional Flamenco dancing during her seminars have made her ‘unique’, she says with a smile and a wink.
Holding her General Certificate in Distilling from the Institute for Brewing & Distilling in Scotland, Nicola is currently working towards a Diploma in Distillation. Nicola is also a Certified Sherry Educator by the Consejo Regulador de los Vinos de Jerez.
In her spare time, Nicola can often be found sipping sherry, eating Spanish olives or going for a run.