Nicola Riske – The Macallan

As the Southern European brand education manager and ambassador for Scotch brand The Macallan, Nicola Riske is recognised globally for her spirits seminars and flavour conversations.

A Canadian-born New Yorker, Riske has more than 15 years of experience in spirits marketing and education. She currently resides in Madrid, Spain.

Riske has presented at conferences around the globe, including Bar Convent Berlin, Bar Convent Brooklyn, Tales of the Cocktail, Lisbon Bar Show and Athens Bar Show. She is also a member of the ‘Culture’ section of the education committee for Tales of the Cocktail.

Riske is known for her ‘constant curiosity and passion for whisky’, often showing up at distilleries with steel-toed boots and a high-visibility vest.

Riske holds a general certificate in distilling from the Institute for Brewing and Distilling in Scotland, and is currently working towards a diploma in distilling, and a WSET Level 3 in Spirits this spring. In addition, Riske is a certified Sherry educator and olive oil sommelier.