Gins line up for return of World’s Best Martini Challenge

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Six gins will be competing in collaboration with bars and bartenders in the return of the World’s Best Martini Challenge in January.

Five boutique brands have reached the final list of contenders that will go before a panel of judges at an event at Oslo in Hackney in London on January 18 – up against the previous year’s champion, Daffy’s Gin.

The competition’s organisers, Gary Sharp and James Thomas, assessed a shortlist from all over the UK and Ireland before selecting Bertha’s Revenge, Arbikie Gin, Lilliput Dorset Gin, Pothecary Gin and Kokoro Gin.

Each of these spirits is teaming up with a bar and bartender to be scored on both a showcase Martini and a classic Martini.

The judges at the finale will be Anna Sebastian, manager of Artesian Bar at London’s Langham hotel, Rich Hunt, owner of Mint Gun Club in Stoke Newington in London, and Mark Ludmon, editor of Bar Magazine.

As well as holding the title of World’s Best Martini for the upcoming year, the brand will also receive a glass trophy.

The finale event will be a chance for the contenders to showcase their two cocktails to an audience of industry names and gin-loving members of the public.

With tickets at £15 each, attendees will be able to meet the gin-makers and sample martinis from each contender gin and vote for their favourite. Click here for details.

James said: “We’ve had the good fortune and privilege to meet lots of friendly and enthusiastic people, dedicated to bringing all manner of gins to the world. This year’s event is going to be a lot of fun and we can’t wait to see what the audience, as well as our line-up of expert judges, decide is the World’s Best Martini of 2018.”

Current reigning champion, Chris Molyneaux, managing director of Daffy’s Gin, added: “World’s Best Martini Challenge was a fantastic competition that we are very proud to have ultimately won in 2017. We look forward very much to defending our title again next year.”

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