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Speciality Drinks launches education series

Spirits supplier Speciality Drinks has launched a monthly education series, called Speciality Sessions, to help bar teams better understand their products.

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The Speciality Sessions will be hosted on the third Wednesday of each month

Each session will focus on a specific drinks category or spirit, curated by Speciality Drinks’ advocacy manager, Hannah Lanfear.

These advanced-level seminars will aim to give bar teams a greater understanding of the back bar, as well as open doors to develop their careers further.

Lanfear said: “There has never been a more crucial time to invest in the education of the bartending community. While the importance of education and solid training programmes is known across the trade, the pressures on hospitality businesses have made it harder and harder to resource high-quality training.

“That’s why we’re so excited to launch Speciality Sessions and give back to the drinks community. We haven’t forgotten about the rest of the UK and look forward to sharing our plans to extend this digitally, so if you’re not able to make the London event, watch this space.”

The first event will take place at London’s Stereo bar, and will highlight the Tequila category.

Bartenders will have the opportunity to strengthen their olfactory skills, using six hand-selected Tequilas that highlight the diversity of the category, and showcase the impact of regionality and production choices. This will give attendees the chance to ‘truly connect’ with how those decisions impact the spirit in the glass.

Every session will culminate in an interactive digital quiz with ‘big-hitting prizes’ up for grabs, including distillery visits and ‘money-can’t-buy’ learning experiences.

Bars can send their brightest and best bartenders to represent them in a bid to top the year-end leader board and win a five-star night out for their whole team.

Attendance to the Speciality Sessions will be limited to two attendees per bar; the London sessions will be exclusively available for Speciality Drinks customers.

The first session will be on 19 July and each consecutive session will take place on the third Wednesday of each month.

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