Buffalo Trace launches search for Britain’s best bourbon bar

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Buffalo Trace Bourbon is searching for Britain’s best bourbon bar as part of the summer tour by the acclaimed Buffalo Bourbon Empire pop-up bar.

Each of four cities hosting the Bourbon Empire – Edinburgh, Nottingham and Manchester during August, and then London during London Cocktail Week in October – will host a Buffalo Bourbon Battle contest.

This will see two local bartenders work side by side to show off their skills, with contenders given many different tasks to prove they are the best bourbon bar in the area, including a bourbon quiz, making a variety of bourbon cocktails, blind tastings, and much more.

Up for grabs will be a prize of a trip to the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky, along with a selection of limited-edition whiskeys from the acclaimed Buffalo Trace Antique Collection for the winners’ bars.

Priority trade booking is also available for places on events at the Buffalo Bourbon Empire including whiskey dinners, bourbon and cocktail masterclasses, and exclusive drink menus.

In particular, high demand is expected in each city for two showpiece tastings, one offering a chance to try whiskeys from recent annual releases of the five-strong Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, and the other featuring the award-winning Pappy Van Winkle range.

Tim Giles, Buffalo Trace brand manager with UK distributor Hi-Spirits, said: “These are some of the world’s best whiskies and we’re giving bar professionals the first chance to secure their place at the tastings.

“The Buffalo Bourbon Empire has been a great success wherever we’ve set up, and we’re delighted to be roaming to even more locations this summer.“

Locations and dates for the Buffalo Bourbon Empire are:
• Edinburgh Festival Fringe: Riverboat Casino at The Last Word Saloon, 6-10 August
• Nottingham: Last Chance Saloon, 14-19 August
• Manchester: Whiskey Jar, 21-26 August
• London: London Cocktail Week, 2-8 October

Confirmed dates for the Buffalo Bourbon Battle are:
• Manchester – 23 August
• Nottingham – 15 August

Hi-Spirits will be inviting bars to take part in the Buffalo Bourbon Battle. Bars interested in competing should speak to their local Buffalo Trace representative or email info@buffalotrace.co.uk.

Information on the Battles will be available online at www.buffalotrace.co.uk/bbb and details of events the Buffalo Bourbon Empire will be online at www.buffalotrace.co.uk/roamingbbe.

Bar professionals who want to book onto sessions can also contact adams@hi-spirits.com for Nottingham and ross@hi-spirits.com ross@hi-spirits.com in Manchester.

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