After an intense selection process, William Grant & Sons has selected seven bartenders – instead of the usual six – from across the UK to attend the competition at the Glenfiddich distillery in Dufftown.
They are Gareth Evans from Social Eating House in London, Evan Rage from London Cocktail Club in London, Marcis Dzelzainis from Satan’s Whiskers in London, Marco Abreu from Aqua Shard in London, Henry Yates from Boilermaker in Nottingham, Jamie Ireland from Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh and Till Britze from The Last Word in Edinburgh
On October 28, they will come together at the distillery to impress the judges with their twist on the classic Rob Roy whisky cocktail and a signature serve of their own using either Glenfiddich 12, 15 or 18 Year Old single malt.
The prize is a weekend stay in Dufftown including a VIP distillery experience, £1,000 and the Malt Mastermind trophy.
The judging panel will include William Grant & Sons master blender Brian Kinsman, whisky expert Mark Thomson and bartender Lee Potter Cavanagh (pictured) who was 2012 Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind.
Glenfiddich brand ambassador Jamie Milne said: “Every year we struggle to whittle the candidates down, but this time it was impossible to choose six finalists.
“The knowledge, passion and creativity displayed in their applications were of the highest calibre I’ve seen in four years, and we’re excited to be able to take seven fantastic bartenders to Scotland for the final.
“Having Brian Kinsman on board is another exciting development. Brian is extremely well respected within the industry and someone who will inspire our finalists to bring their enthusiasm for whisky to life in some unique serves.
“Hosting the competition at the distillery with such a high standard of candidates and an esteemed judging panel reinforces Glenfiddich’s credentials as an unrivalled single malt that’s widely recognised as the world’s most awarded Scotch whisky.”