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Award-winning bartender joins Maker's Mark UK team

Drinks expert Nicole Sykes has joined Edrington-Beam Suntory UK as Maker's Mark 'Diplomat'.

The award-winning bartender has worked at well-known bars in London and Edinburgh, including Lyaness, Voodoo Rooms and most recently at world-renowned cocktail bar Satan's Whiskers.

Bourbon brand Maker's Mark hopes that Nicole's creativity and passion for both cocktails and American whiskey will be an asset as it aims to share its brand story with more drinkers. In her new role, Nicole will also be working to support the on-trade during its transition back into operation when Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in the UK ease.

Commenting on her new role, Nicole said: "The most compelling part for me is the genuine story behind Maker's Mark. Each step of the process has its purpose and is there to create the best-tasting Bourbon whiskey. It's much like when bartenders create cocktails; each ingredient and method is well thought out. We don't use the cheapest or quickest methods; we use the best methods to achieve the best taste experience."

Nick Temperley, general manager for London at Edrington-Beam Suntory UK, said: "We are extremely excited to have Nicole join the team here at Maker's Mark. Having proven herself as an outstanding bartender in some of London's best bars, she will now bring her own sense of fun, energy and cocktail experience to help us grow our remarkable Bourbon whiskey and support all our customers in 2021."

20 January 2021 - Bethany Whymark