Robert Sickler, the Voice of Whisky, organizes whisky events, mixology presentations and educational seminars in order to introduce people to all things whisky. Trained in all aspects of the category by experts at some of the world’s most famous distilleries, Sickler enjoys “bringing whisky to the people” and converting enthusiasts “one dram at a time.”
Before his career in whisky, Robert taught literature and composition. His passion for wine and spirits prompted him to change course. He became a passionate veteran of the wine and spirits industry, crafting cocktails, studying wine, hosting spirited dinners throughout the land before becoming a Master of Whisky for international drinks company Diageo.
As Master of Whisky, Sickler studied in renowned distilleries such as Ireland’s Bushmills distillery, Canada’s Crown Royal distillery, America’s Bulleit Distilling Company, George Dickel Tennessee Whisky distillery and the following distilleries in Scotland: Cragganmore, Cardhu and Johnnie Walker, Oban, Royal Lochnagar, Lagavulin, Talisker, Dalwhinnie, Clynelish and Caol Ila. He also visited dozens of additional distilleries to strengthen his understanding of the distillation process. His extensive knowledge of whisky enabled him to thrive as a leading brand ambassador and valued educational resource for distributors, consumers and trade in Ohio, West Virginia, Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico and Kansas.
Robert’s fondness for worldly libations and global cuisine inspired him to join forces with partners Noah Price and Thomas Merrill to establish a whisky and rum cocktail bar and food truck pod, showcasing whisky and rum cocktails and gourmet goodies. The bar, Finn’s Manor, opened in September and will feature a series of ongoing spirited events and classes for the public and trade. The cocktails will pay homage to Scotland, the Caribbean, southeast Asia and New Orleans, places which have inspired Robert throughout his food and drinks journey.