Cardiff bartender wins trip to Mexico with Casco Viejo

Don Agustin's Daisy

A bartender from Cardiff will be heading to Mexico after being declared winner of a competition run for Tequila Casco Viejo.

Alexander Taylor of 10 Feet Tall triumphed in the UK final of the competition held this week at the Northern Restaurant & Bar show in Manchester, impressing judges with his drink, Don Agustin’s Daisy (pictured).

The recipe combines Casco Viejo Reposado, Suze Saveur D’Autrefois, Luxardo Amaretto, yellow pepper and lime with a garnish of flamed orange zest and scattered marigold petals.

With a brief to seek inspiration from Mexico and the prolific Camarena Brothers who produce the tequila, Alexander paid tribute to the late Don Augustin and Mexico’s traditional use of marigold flowers to grieve the passing of loved ones.

His prize is a trip to Arandas in Mexico to find out about how Casco Viejo is made and learn about the region’s tequila heritage and production.

Alexander is pictured below second from left with the other three finalists (left to right): Steve Lawson of MASH London in Soho, Ciaran Russell of The Tippling House in Aberdeen, and Tim Ward of Alvino’s in Newcastle.

The judges included Chris Grimes of Bitten Magazine, Paul Murphy of The Whisky Business in Liverpool and Jack Rackham, commercial director of Emporia Brands, the tequila brand’s UK distributor.

Jack said: “The standard of the presentations and the quality of the drinks were absolutely first class. Separating the finalists was an incredibly tough job but in the end we unanimously agreed that Alex was the deserved winner and I look forward to welcoming him to Casa Camerena distillery.”

L-R Steve Lawson, Alexander Taylor, Ciaran Russell, Tim Ward

Pictures by Tom MacFarlane of Post Photographic.

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