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Talisker Announces Seven Finalists for ‘RACE TO SKYE’ Bartender Competition

Diageo Reserve’s premium Scotch whisky, Talisker has revealed the seven finalists that will go through to the final for the ‘Race to Skye’ bartender competition on the 13th – 15th August. The finalists will compete against each other in an unforgettable finale on the Isle of Skye, testing each bartender’s knowledge of Talisker, the whisky category, their skills and adaptability.

This year’s regional heats saw bartenders compete in semi-final events across London, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and Edinburgh, where they were put through their paces by Diageo Reserve Whisky Ambassador and Judge, Stephen Martin. Bartenders were tasked with creating a cocktail that evokes the spirit of Talisker’s Made by the Sea campaign, which celebrates the single malt’s homeland and unique heritage.

Stephen Martin, Diageo Reserve Whisky Ambassador commented: “The level of talent at this year’s Race to Skye regional finals was extremely high. The variation and creativity shown by all is not only a testament to the strength of GB cocktail culture today, but also to the versatility and complexity of Talisker single malt whisky. Each competitor brought the Isle of Skye to us in their own unique way through technique, story and flavour. I can’t wait to see what the GB Final has in store!’’

The regional heats took place during a two week period around the UK. The seven finalists who will be battling it out for the honorary title of Talisker Brand Ambassador are:

  • Elysa McGuire – Epicurus: Death & Taxes, Leeds

  • Alex Francis – Devil’s Darling, London

  • Mike Pendergast – East London Liquor Company, London

  • Adam Day – Peggy’s, Manchester

  • Liam Grogan – Kelvingrove Café, Glasgow

  • Stefanie Anderson – Bon Vivant, Edinburgh

  • Miran Chauhan – Buck & Birch, Edinburgh

The Talisker ‘Race to Skye’ final will take place at the brand’s iconic homeland, the Isle of Skye. The winner will work with the brand over the next year, gaining exposure, building their network and telling the brand’s story.

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