Last night (Tuesday December 3), I attended a tasting of Balblair vintages. We tasted five whiskies, 2003, 1997, 1990, 1983 and 1969, prefaced by a glass of Balblairís base spirit.
Three hundred and seventy of the German and international bar industry were present at the Ritz-Carlton hotel where the ceremony took place.
The coveted Mixologist of the year award went to Oliver Ebert of Becketts Kopf in Berlin and the Best Bar gong went to Die Goldene Bar, in Munich.
The full lists of awards presented were as follows:
Bar Team of the year: Amano Bar, Berlin.
Newcomer of the year: Harry Glockler, Becketts Kopf, Berlin.
Mixologist of the year: Oliver Ebert, Becketts Kopf, Berlin
Host of the year: Arnd Heiẞen, Ritz-Carlton, Berlin
City award: Frankfurt
Special mentions: Albertina Passage, Vienna, Austria and Cranberry Bar, Zurich, Switzerland.
Best bar: Die Goldene Bar, Munich.
Best hotel bar: Amano Bar, Berlin
Lifetime achievement award: Maria Dolores Boadas
Spirit of the year: Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
Bartenderís choice: Chartreuse Verte
Bar menu of the year: Schoellmann bar, Effenberg