Regional winners face UK final of Wild Turkey competition

Wild Turkey Edinburgh Rob McDougall

Bartenders are lined up for this week’s UK final of Wild Turkey bourbon’s UK cocktail competition to win a trip to Kentucky.

The 12 finalists, who won regional heats around the UK, will face judges at Cane & Grain in Manchester on Wednesday (August 27).

The finalists from Scotland are Will Cox of The Bon Vivant in Edinburgh, Michael Braun of Panda & Sons in Edinburgh and Michael Cameron of Guy’s Restaurant & Bar in Glasgow.

From the north of England, finalists are Tim Laferla, formerly of Mr Cooper’s House & Garden in Manchester, and Paul Murphy of Whiskey Business, next to Jenny’s bar in Liverpool.

Finalists from the Midlands are Andy Moran of Boilermaker and Joe Macbeth of The Lacehouse, both in Nottingham, while the bartenders from the south-west are both from Bristol bars: Richard Tring of Red Light and Michael Sharpe of Hyde & Co.

Representing London are Joshua Cynar Reynolds and Alistair Reynolds from Hawksmoor Spitalfields and Sam Kershaw of Hawksmoor Guildhall.

The winner, plus two runners-up, will win an exclusive trip to Kentucky to discover the newly opened Wild Turkey Visitor Centre, enjoy a VIP tour and special tasting and then spend a night in New York City checking out all the best bourbon bars.

The American brand, owned by Gruppo Campari, began its search in July at Edinburgh’s Voodoo Rooms, followed by Jenny’s Bar in Liverpool, Boilermaker in Nottingham, Hawksmoor in London and finally Red Light in Bristol.

Judges included UK brand ambassador Martin Taylor and Leon Dalloway from consultancy and events company Shake, Rattle and Stir. At the final, Martin will be joined as a judge by Henry Yates from Boilermaker who won last year’s competition.

Picture from the Edinburgh heat by Rob McDougall.
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