After a successful launch last year, hundreds of entries across the UK, regional heats and an unforgettable finale on The Isle of Skye, Diageo Reserve has announced its ‘Race to Skye’ bartender competition will return for a second year.
Entry is simple; bartenders nationwide are invited to create a cocktail that evokes the spirit of Talisker’s Made By The Sea campaign, which celebrates the single malt’s homeland and unique heritage. Made on the remote and rugged Isle of Skye at the oldest distillery in the region, entries should embody and amplify its maritime sea-salt flavour and smooth, smoky finish.
Bartenders have until Friday 1st June 2018 to email their entries to Stephen Martin, Diageo Reserve GB ambassador with a picture of the serve, ingredients and method [Stephen.L.Martin@Diageo.com. Ten entries from each region will be selected, and the bartenders will be invited to compete in a semi-final event in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow or Edinburgh from 25th June – 5th July. Five finalists and one wildcard entry will then go on to the ultimate challenge from 13th – 15th August, which will return to the brand’s iconic homeland, the Isle of Skye. The champion will be awarded the title of honorary Talisker Ambassador and work with the brand over the next year, gaining exposure and building their network, whilst telling the brand’s story.
2017 Talisker Race to Skye Winner, Andrew Lennie commented: “I can honestly say to anyone thinking about entering this year’s Race to Skye, it’s a game changer! It’s a tough competition – but enriching and a lot of fun. There aren’t many people that can say they’ve gone from mixing cocktails at the Mash Tun at Blair Athol distillery, to tasting some of the rarest Talisker whiskies in the world in just a few days. It has been incredible to work with the Talisker team over the last year and it has enhanced my career in so many ways. I can’t wait to see what the next Race to Skye competition brings.’’
Head of Diageo Reserve GB, Nick Temperley added: “Talisker Race to Skye was a huge success last year. We took our finalists to a remote Scottish island, they had an amazing two days visiting distilleries and creating some impressive cocktails.
“The Isle of Skye is a pretty special, I’m sure the bartenders fell in love with the place just as much as the liquid. If last year is anything to go by, we’re expecting over 100 entries from across the UK. Only six however, will be lucky enough to enjoy the experience. Yes, it’s challenging, but it’s also a fantastic opportunity. We have some exciting new additions to the competition this year too and we’re looking forward to seeing how the nation’s bartenders respond to them. Last year was great, but this year will be even better”.