Four finalists have been selected in Dalcassian Wines & Spirits 'hotly-contested' Curious Journey cocktail competition.
Bartenders from across Ireland were invited to express their individual talent by creating an imaginative cocktail featuring one of the world-class spirit brands from the Curious Mind of PJ Rigney - Sausage Tree Pure Irish Vodka or Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin.
Contestants were also asked to share their own ‘Curious journey’ leading them to the drinks world & the Curious story behind their bespoke cocktail invention.
The finalists are Leah O’Connor from The Shelbourne Hotel who created 'The Cocoa Roski'; Peter Polak of Cask Bar Cork who named his cocktail 'Just To Clarify'; Valentin Veliz from The Ivy Dublin with 'No Wrong Choice' and Oisin Kelly of The Sidecar Westbury with his invention 'Duality'.
There was a phenomenal response to the competition, which attracted a massive 45 entries from 'super-premium' contestants representing leading venues across the country.
Each bartender put huge time & tremendous energy into creating extraordinary, unique cocktails in a bid to impress the judging panel & win the once in a lifetime ‘Curious Journey’ title & spectacular prize.
The overall winner will win a money-can’t-buy three-part Experience Prize; beginning with a three-day mentor experience with The Shed Distillery team to learn about distillation & maturation, followed by three days in London with industry guru, Aaron Wall owner & operator of the renowned Homeboy venue.
Finally, they will visit Bar Convent Berlin with the Dalcassian Wines & Spirits team, where they will showcase their winning serves at The Shed Distillery stand.
The final four are now preparing for the gala final, which will take place on the 22nd of July in House Dublin. Leah, Peter, Valentin & Oisin will battle it out in front of the judging panel and a live audience of industry peers and mix up a storm of inspired cocktails whilst displaying their Curious Talents.
The pressure is on with the news that The Curious Mind himself, Founder & Owner of The Shed Distillery - PJ Rigney will be one of the judges on the night alongside Drinks Industry Guru Aaron Wall who will be flying in from London especially and Dalcassian Wines & Spirits sales representative Jules Mahon.
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