A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
This month marks the start of the Monin UK Centenary Tour, which will see 12 workshops - hosted by Monin mixologists James Coston and Tony Gergov - and will give bartenders the chance to enter regional heats of the Monin Cocktail Cup, which culminates in the global Paris final in December.
James Coston said: “We are inviting all bar managers, bar owners, bartenders, barbacks and hostesses to join us in their city to learn about the flavoursome world of Monin.
“For five months, starting with our first workshop in Leeds, we will be travelling the UK, creating delicious drinks with a wide range of flavours that people may not have had the chance to work with before.”
The Monin Cocktail Cup, which is open to bartenders aged 18-27, requires entrants to create an alcoholic cocktail with a minimum of 15ml of Monin Syrup.
To enter visit www.facebook.com/monin.official or email email@example.com.
The Monin UK Centenary Tour schedule is as follows:
All workshops start at noon.
Leeds: Tuesday January 24 – Oporto
Chester: Thursday January 26 – Oddfellows
Bristol: Thursday February 9 – Hyde & Co
Liverpool: Tuesday February 28 – The Peacock
Manchester: Thursday March 1 – Sandinista
London (Soho): Tuesday March 13 – LAB Bar
London (224 Shaftesbury Avenue): Tuesday March 20 – London Cocktail Club
Nottingham: Tuesday April 3 – Venue TBC
Birmingham: Thursday April 5 – The Victoria
Edinburgh: Tuesday 24 April 2012 – Voodoo Rooms
Glasgow: Thursday April 26 – Venue TBC
Brighton: Tuesday May 15 – The Mixology School