Search launched for bartenders for Auchentoshan Switch

auchentoshan switch at the nightjarBartenders in the UK have a chance to work in the hottest new bar in New York City in the latest Auchentoshan Switch competition.

The competition is seeking one bartender from Europe, including Britain, to work for two weeks in The Dead Rabbit Grocery and Grog, the Lower Manhattan cocktail bar opened by Sean Muldoon in December.

At the same time, bartenders from across North America will compete for a chance to work at the Nightjar in Old Street, London.

The bartender talent search is organised under the banner of Auchentoshan Lowland single malt Scotch whisky, which is distributed in the UK by Cellar Trends.

It is open to all licensed bartenders in the UK, Germany and Sweden in Europe and, on the other side of the Atlantic, the US and Canada.

To enter, bartenders are asked to create their best Auchentoshan Three Wood cocktail and upload the recipe and an image of their creation at Online entries will be accepted from now until July 31, 2013.

New for this Auchentoshan Switch is the chance for the general public to vote for their favourite bartender and Auchentoshan Three Wood cocktail on the Auchentoshan Switch website.

A panel of judges will vote to name the semi-finalists who will be invited to attend regional heats in July and August 2013 in their respective countries, where multiple finalists will be named.

The finalists from each of the regional heats will battle it out in the European and North American grand finals to be held in October 2013 – one in London and one in the US.

The actual “switch” for the winning bartenders will take place in 2014. The winners will undertake shift work, learning the bars’ signature drinks and house techniques and much more – with spare time for sightseeing and visiting other bars.

Jennifer Meenan, brand manager for Auchentoshan, said: “Our initial Auchentoshan Switch was very well-received and drew a huge number of entries – and fabulously creative cocktails – from bartenders on both sides of the Pond.

“We decided to bring Auchentoshan Switch back bigger and better this year, opening it up to bartenders in more countries and hosting regional heats. We’re excited to see this year’s entries and proud to bring this once-in-a-lifetime experience to our supportive bartending community once again.”

Winners of the inaugural Auchentoshan Switch in 2011 were Charles Joly from Chicago and Martin Ball from Manchester, UK. In 2012, Joly worked at London bar 69 Colebrooke Row while Ball went to Manhattan bar Apotheke.

Auchentoshan Three Wood has been chosen for the competition as its complex flavours add tremendous dimension to whisky cocktails. As with all Auchentoshan whisky, Three Wood is triple-distilled, which produces an immensely smooth spirit.

It is matured in three different types of casks – first in north American bourbon casks, then in Spanish oloroso sherry casks and finally in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks. This triple-cask maturation produces a rich whisky with deep toffee and sherry oak influences, a touch of hazelnut with hints of cinnamon and lemon and a butterscotch sweetness that adds to the overall complexity.

It is produced at the Auchentoshan Distillery which was established in 1823 and is located on the outskirts of Glasgow. Its name, pronounced “ock-un-tosh-un”, means “corner of the field”, as the distillery sits near farmland on the banks of the River Clyde in the shadow of the Old Kilpatrick hills between Glasgow and Loch Lomond.

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