Andrew Lennie of The Printing Press Bar & Kitchen in Edinburgh claiming the crown has won Talisker’s Race to Skye competition.
Six finalists took part in four different challenges for the opportunity to work as a brand ambassador for Talisker for the next year.
The first challenge took place at Blair Athol distillery in Pitlochry, where the finalists were tasked with creating a whisky highball using Talisker, with huge differences in the entries.
The most unique entry came from Charles Roche of Scout, who recreated the smell and taste of wet rock and moss with his combination of rock, oak, pine, lavender, rock and rain, and Talisker 10yo.
Andrew used the power of storytelling, having written a story about a walking experience from the perspective of his Uncle Joe to bring his mix of Talisker 57 North, plum sake, Campari, peach bitters and jasmine tea to life.
Andrew stated: "’m really surprised and obviously very pleased."
Andrew has won the opportunity to work as a brand ambassador for Talisker over the next year.
"Whisky might be part of Andrew’s repertoire as a bartender, but it’s also personal passion; he brought Talisker to life in unique ways,’ said Diageo Reserve whisky ambassador, David Sinclair. "He’s a natural story teller. I’m excited to be working with him over the coming year, to continue his personal legacy with Talisker and the Race to Skye competition.
"I think any opportunity to take bartenders to the Isle of Skye, to the home of Talisker, really brings it home what a unique spirit Talisker is. What backdrop could give more inspiration than having the Cuillin Mountains on one side and Loch Harport on the other? Whisky experiences don’t get much better."