Nicholas started Seattle’s first rum society, The Rum Collective, the longest running in the USA. He’s hosted over 50 educational rum tasting events, which have been directly responsible for hastening the entrance of dozens of rums into Washington State, Michigan and Vancouver, BC. His photo-journalistic work on his websites have been featured by Forbes, NY Times and Fox News as well as in French food magazines. He regularly judges rum and rum-cocktails at international competitions and is one of the founders of the International Rum Council. He co-authored the most recent book published on rum, titled Explore Rum and does consultant work for local cocktail bars & restaurants locally. His website and social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) receive thousands of visitors worldwide each month. He presently lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and children.