Calling bartenders to order

SCOTLAND’S bartenders are being encouraged to create a cocktail that captures the essence of their home city with the launch of this year’s New Malt Order competition.

The annual contest, for single malt Auchentoshan, is now open for entries, with submissions expected from the UK, Canada, Russia, Australia and Germany.

Winners will have the opportunity to create a bespoke expression of Auchentoshan at the distillery with master blender Ron Welsh.

To enter, bartenders should submit a picture of their cocktail and details of the ingredients, methodology and the inspiration for the cocktail via Instagram, tagging @theauchentoshan and #newmaltorder. They should also tag their own bar.

“We are excited and proud to announce Auchentoshan’s New Malt Order competition for the third consecutive year,” said Marco Di Ciacca, senior brand manager at Edrington-Beam Suntory, distributor of Auchentoshan.

“We are passionate about seeking the best advocates to represent single malt and champion creative bartending on a global scale. “We’re looking forward to witnessing how the entrants capture the essence of their city this year and welcome the winners to the home of Auchentoshan.”

Entrants have until June 30 to submit a cocktail, with winners named in September.