Diageo Reserve’s premium Scotch whisky, Talisker has announced the seven finalists for the ‘Race to Skye’ bartender competition, taking place on 13–15 August.
The finalists will compete against each other in a finale on the Isle of Skye, Talisker’s homeland, testing each bartender’s knowledge of Talisker, the whisky category, their skills and adaptability.
This year’s regional heats saw bartenders compete in semi-final events across London, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh, where they were put through their paces by Diageo Reserve Whisky Ambassador and Judge, Stephen Martin.
Bartenders were tasked with creating a cocktail that evokes the spirit of Talisker’s Made by the Sea campaign, which celebrates the single malt’s homeland and unique heritage.
Stephen Martin, Diageo Reserve whisky ambassador said: “The level of talent at this year’s Race to Skye regional finals was extremely high. The variation and creativity shown by all is not only a testament to the strength of GB cocktail culture today, but also to the versatility and complexity of Talisker single malt whisky.
“Each competitor brought the Isle of Skye to us in their own unique way through technique, story and flavour. I can’t wait to see what the GB Final has in store!”
The regional heats took place during a two week period around the UK. The seven finalists who will be battling it out for the title of Talisker brand ambassador are:
• Elysa McGuire from Epicurus from Death & Taxes, Leeds
• Alex Francis from Devil’s Darling, London
• Mike Pendergast from East London Liquor Company, London
• Adam Day from Peggy’s, Manchester
• Liam Grogan from Kelvingrove Café, Glasgow
• Stefanie Anderson from Bon Vivant, Edinburgh
• Miran Chauhan from Buck & Birch, Edinburgh
The winner will work with the brand over the next year, gaining exposure, building their network and telling the brand’s story.