• World’s top bartenders and previous winner amongst judges for this year’s Opihr cocktail competition
• Grand Finale to be held in spice hub Istanbul from 24th – 27th September following regional finals this summer
• The global competition encourages bartenders to bring the Spices of the Orient to life using a local ingredient
Opihr Oriental Spiced Gin, the world’s fastest-growing premium gin, is announcing an impressive panel of judges for the 5th Edition of the highly anticipated cocktail competition, as bartenders from all around the world are submitting their cocktails bustling with exotic flavours and spices.
The Grand Final sees Simone Caporale (leader within the drinks industry having previously worked for London’s Artesian, which won World’s Best Bar for four consecutive years), Ondrej Pospichal (Spirit Evangelist currently based in Hong Kong from Proof and Company), and Aaron Pollack (2017 competition winner from Chicago, and previously of the Dawson) lead the judging panel.
Caporale says; “It’s great to be part of a cocktail competition that is not only celebrating local ingredients, but is ultimately encouraging bartenders to share with one another the knowledge of their country and culture to experiment with new flavours that they’ve learnt from one another.”
The final takes place from 24th – 27th September in vibrant and colourful Istanbul, the city that bridges the East and the West, and will see the last ten standing bartenders competing for the ultimate title, The Spirit of Opihr. The finalists will be selected through tough elimination rounds in the regional finals over the summer.
Inspired by the ancient Spice Route where merchants travelled thousands of miles to exchange the best botanicals, exotic spices, and local knowledge, The Opihr World Adventure is calling for the world’s explorer bartenders to submit a bold and unique cocktail recipe that transcends borders, cities and cultures, using a key, local ingredient. With this approach, the competition allows for bartenders to unlock each-others knowledge and inspiration by creating a platform where they can trade the ingredients they’re most proud of and share the skills they’re most famous for.
“Cocktails are all about the intricacy of its ingredients, and it’s fantastic that Opihr is championing local ingredients and encouraging bartenders to experiment with these in new and different ways”, says Pospichal.
To enter the competition bartenders must upload a picture of their cocktail to Instagram accompanied by the story behind it. Remember to tag @Opihrgin and use hashtag #OpihrWorld along with a geotag for the location you are posting from. For full terms and conditions see www.opihr.com/competition.
Do you have what it takes to enter the adventurous world of Opihr Spiced Gin and embark on the ultimate cocktail journey? Enter now for your chance to claim the ultimate bartender title!
ABOUT QUINTESSENTIAL BRANDS GROUP
Quintessential Brands is an award-winning international spirits company, dedicated to distilling and crafting the world’s best alcohol brands for consumers and customers globally. Pioneering spirits of the industry, inspired since 1761 by their founder, Thomas Dakin, Quintessential Brands Group delivers a diverse portfolio of award-winning, best-selling spirits with unrivalled heritage and craftsmanship.
Founded in 2011 by Enzo Visone, former CEO of Gruppo Campari, and entrepreneur, Warren Scott, Quintessential Brands Group owns world-class manufacturing facilities across Europe including G&J Distillers, the world’s oldest continuous gin distillers; L&L in France, a leading manufacturer of fruit spirits and liqueurs; First Ireland Spirits and the Dublin Liberties Distillery, which is part owned by Stock Spirits and scheduled to open in late 2018. Renowned for its white spirits expertise at G&J Distillers, Quintessential Brands has won International Spirit Challenge Gin Producer of the Year three times and is fast winning a reputation as one of the most exciting new Irish whiskey producers to emerge on the scene.
Quintessential Brands’ award-winning premium brands portfolio includes Greenall’s The Original Handcrafted Gin, BLOOM London Dry Gin, Thomas Dakin Small Batch Gin, Berkeley Square London Dry Gin, and Opihr Gin. Its Irish brands include The Dubliner Irish Whiskey, The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey, The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, Feeney’s Irish Cream Liqueur and O’Mara’s Irish Country Cream. Liqueurs in the portfolio include Alizé and Toussaint Coffee Rum Liqueur. The company is also a leader in contract bottling and own label & private label spirits, working with retail partners across the world to provide unrivalled spirits solutions.