Amanda Tee Hosts Diageo Reserve World Class Competition

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The Singapore Diageo RESERVE  Bartender of the Year 2012 competition saw 5 nervous bartenders who were vying for the coveted title of  as well as the trip to Rio De Janeiro to compete for the Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender Title.

After 6 months of masterclasses and endless hours of experimenting behind the bar, all bartenders were again put to the test during the 3 hour long competition.

Being an excellent bartender involves much more than making good drinks. The elements of service ritual, category and spirit knowledge and personality are key to the craft of bartending as is a memorable bar side experience for customers, not forgetting the ability to design and serve a profitable and consistent experience.

Through intensive brand and category training, the bartenders gained an appreciation of the Diageo RESERVE portfolio of super premium brands including Ron Zacapa rum, Ketel One vodka, Tanqueray No. TEN gin, Don Julio tequila, Singleton whisky and Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve.  After all, luxury bartending is about being able to recommend and knowledgeably present customers with the best spirits available.

So the tough job of deciding who would take home the coveted title in Singapore went to 5 judges who quizzed the bartenders throughout the competition.

There was also the speed round whereby the bartenders had to make 5 Cocktails in the least amount of time.

  1. Scotch Mint Julep
  2. Ron Zacapa Old Fashioned
  3. Ketel One Cosmopolitan
  4. Don Julio Margarita
  5. Tanqueray No. Ten Tonic

While the judges went about debating who would be crowned champion, the guests were ushered up to the Helipad for cocktails.

Not long after Akihiro Eguchi, the reigning World Class Singapore National Champion from Waku Ghin, won for a 2nd year running.

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