Diageo has announced that the World Class 2019 Global Finals will be held in the Scottish city of Glasgow.
Over 10,000 bartenders from across the world are expected to take part in the competition, which is now in its eleventh year.
Emily Wheldon, global head of World Class, said: “We are hugely proud to be bringing the World Class Bartender of the Year Global Finals to Scotland, the home of so many of Diageo’s much-loved spirits.
“Glasgow will be an exciting hub for festivities, and the perfect backdrop for the world’s best bartenders to show off their incredible talent.”
Christine McCafferty, manager of Diageo’s archives, added: “Scotland is an amazing location to host the 11th World Class Global Finals – home to all our iconic Scotch including, Johnnie Walker, Talisker, The Singleton and Mortlach.
“The west coast of Scotland in particular holds a special place in the story of many of these brands. It was here that nearly 200 years ago brands like Johnnie Walker first left Scotland on their journey to bring their iconic taste to the four corners of the world.
“For the world’s best bartenders to compete at the home of so many of their favourite spirits will add a brilliant extra incentive to this year’s competition.”
In October this year, Australia’s Orlando Marzo clinched the 2018 World Class Bartender of the Year trophy at the global final in Berlin.