Let fly with American rye

BARTENDERS from across Scotland will battle it out this month for the chance to win a trip to Tennessee.

The 11 finalists in the Scottish leg of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rivals cocktail competition will face off in Glasgow on July 8, with the triumphant bartender winning a trip for two to the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Tennessee.

The finalists were selected after submitting a highball serve built around Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye.

At the final – to be held at SWG3’s Acid Bar – they will present a second serve to a judging panel that includes UK brand ambassador, Cam Dawson; Bacardi Brown-Forman Brands trade ambassador for Scotland, Mike McGinty; and Becky Maddison, senior brand manager for super-premium whiskies at Brown-Forman. Each serve must contain at least 25ml of Tennessee Rye and no more than six ingredients in total.

“Scotland’s bar scene is one of the most exciting in the country, and we anticipate the Scottish final being a close contest,” said Maddison.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how these talented finalists use their imagination to help bolster the rye category, with standout cocktails.”

The finalists are, from Aberdeen: Daniel Elphinstone of Orchid and Ross Fraser of Siberia; from Dundee: Amy Carmichael of King of Islington; from Edinburgh: Bradley Osborn of Hoot The Redeemer; Conor Drake of Panda & Sons; Joe Cobbe of The Register Club; and Murdo Maclever of Tigerlily; from Glasgow: Jehad Hatu of Grunting Growler; Liam Grogan of Tiki Bar; and Liam Scott of The Corinthian; and from Gleneagles: Gordon Rerink of the hotel’s American Bar.