Rosey Mitchell (pictured) from Three Sheets in London has been crowned the winner of Compass Box’s global cocktail competition, The Circle.
Launched earlier this year, The Circle encouraged bartenders from around the world to compete for a place to work side-by-side with founder and whiskymaker John Glaser to create a Compass Box limited edition blend, which will be sold internationally.
Bartenders from Argentina, France, USA, Spain and the UK competed in regional heats, which saw six leading bartenders secure a spot in the final.
The Circle finalists for 2018 were Adriano Marcellino from BrukBar, Buenos Aires, Baptiste Etcheverry from Fairmont Rey Juan Carlos, Barcelona, Charlotte Pederson from Little Red Door, Paris, Max Venning from Three Sheets, London, Meredith Barry from Vol 39, Chicago, and Rosey Mitchell from Three Sheets, London.
The three-day final was designed to encourage the bartenders to cross-boundaries with a series of blending, cocktail and design challenges.
All six finalists worked closely with Compass Box whiskymakers John Glaser and Jill Boyd, experimenting with different aromas and flavours before creating their own bespoke blend.
The bartenders got creative behind the bar, building their own signature serves inspired by their home city and bespoke highball serves featuring their very own blend.
Compass Box’s programme of challenges culminated in a final pitch, which was presented to and judged by a panel of experts including Ryan Chetiyawardana of Super Lyan, Matt Whiley of Scout, Sandrae Lawrence of The Cocktail Lovers, Ivan Dixon of Enotria & Coe and Compass Box’s John Glaser.
The final pitch saw the bartenders present their blend and signature highball serve as well as a design inspiration for their whisky, with Rosey receiving top-marks and the title of The Circle winner 2018.
Rosey said: “It’s been an incredible couple of days, something I am so excited to be a part of. I have never been in a competition quite like it, John Glaser and everyone involved have truly changed the game and I can’t wait to start blending and see where the future holds.”
John said: “I’d like to congratulate Rosey and welcome her to the Compass Box circle. The Circle is all about finding like-minded creators who aren’t afraid to do things differently, if it means doing things better, and we’ve certainly found that in all our finalists.
“Rosey created a blend and serve that I would be proud to put a Compass Box label on, and I’m excited about what we can create together.”
The Compass Box limited edition blend, created in collaboration with Rosey, will be available worldwide from spring 2019, coinciding with the launch next year’s competition.