The Cocktail Whisperer
I’ve been Robert Sickler’s friend since the first time I attended Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans several years ago. I’ve met some very interesting people along my path to knowledge in the alcohol industry, but Robert stands out amongst the crowd. His benevolent nature and firm, “look you in the eye” handshake is memorable. He truly likes people and “sharing” the gospel of distilled spirits is only one of his many attributes. Generosity and kindness follow his words along with his love of the written word, be it of describing his love of food or of drink.
The night when I first met him in New Orleans, he was eating paella, alone in what appeared to be a state of deep thought; he took time to talk to me. It was one of the great moments of my life to be recognized in public by this man, a real Master of Whiskey. But that is only the beginning; I learned that Robert is a benevolent man in all of his interactions with people and he possesses many classical talents. Poetry and intellect, of art and for style are just a few of his possessions in his tool-kit of assets.
He is kind, forthright and when he speaks in front of a group- he smiles. That unconscious movement shows through everything he does. A persuasive trait, unfortunately lost today to most, but thankfully alive and well within this gentleman, Robert Sickler.
He would be a great asset to any organization or group that values intellectualism over the brute force of words. He gets right in there and does his magic. Robert brings history to life. Robert makes it happen, rather than just speaking about a topic in a boring monotone like so many in this field.
Watching him teach whisky takes great prowess, one he shares readily with ease and humor.