Living up to the title of #lazyblogger here is my late post on Glenfiddich, an event which i attended almost a month back. This is the first time Glenfiddich hosted an event in Mumbai of this calibre, to look for the World’s Most Experimental Bartender.
This global search aims to recognise and reward bartenders who collaborate with mavericks outside the traditional drinks world to create a more surprising, unusual and inventive Glenfiddich drinking experience.
The ‘spirits’ company organised this event at Theory bought together bartenders and paired them with connoisseurs such as artists, chefs, chocolatiers, magician – from across India, who worked with the mixologists/bartenders to incorporate their own inspirations of concoctions by way of presentation or flavors.
The ideas were then presented before a panel of judges, comprising of renowned restaurateur – Zorawar Kalra, Marketing Head of William Grant & Sons – Shweta Jain and GQ’s Lifestyle Editor – Megha Shah who evaluated them.
Chef Prateek Sandhu, Masque & Grappa Bartender and Chirag Pal were named the India winner. The duo took inspiration from the Mighty Himalayas, calling it “Prionsaí de Sléibhe” – Gaelic for Princess of Mountains. They used ingredients which are found in the Himalayas such as sea buckthorn wild berry, apricot and rosemary with the expertly crafted Glenfiddich 15 which is matured in American oak and sherry butt.
The duo was picked from a set of 7 collaborating partners across India. The winning team will travel to Scotland to compete with teams from across the world. The global winner will be awarded the title of ‘World’s Most Experimental Bartender’.
The India finale witnessed collaborators such as Chef Alex Sanchez (The Table), Maria Goretti (the culinary expert), Yohan Marshall (famous drummer), Manan Gandhi (Founder – Bombay Perfumery) among others work with the bartenders and mixologists to dazzle us with their interpretations.