Rebel Yell names UK Bourbon Battle finalists

7th June, 2019 by admin

Three bartenders are set to go head to head in the UK final of Rebel Yell’s Bourbon Battle cocktail competition later this month.

Rebel Yell’s UK final will take place on Monday 17 June

On Monday 17 June, the trio will compete for a place in the global final, which will take place at Rebel Yell’s Kentucky-based distillery, Lux Row Distillers, on 19 September.

Mikey Pendergast from east London, Lewis Parry from Grimsby, and Kealan Lafferty from Dundee each triumphed at the regional semi-finals to take the titles of Best Bourbon Bartender in the South of England, North of England and Scotland respectfully.

In the regional finals, the competitors were tasked with creating a Lucky 7s cocktail, made using Rebel Yell Bourbon and using no more than seven ingredients, and taking no longer than seven minutes to make.

Rebel Yell European brand ambassador Michele Reina was joined by guest judges for each regional competition, assessing the cocktails by appearance, aroma, creativity, taste and overall impression.

“The quality of entries has been phenomenal this year and it’s so encouraging to see this level of talent across the bartending board,” said John Rempe, master blender and head distiller at Lux Row Distillers.

“All semi-finalists showed amazing creativity and flair when it came to their serves but Mikey’s, Lewis’s and Kealan’s all had that extra ‘wow’ factor – the judges will have a tough job at the UK final.”

The winner of the overall competition will have the opportunity to hand-select a Rebel Yell barrel – equivalent to 60 bottles – with Rempe to take home.

Click through the following pages to see each of the UK finalists’ winning cocktails.

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