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Glenfiddich announces 2011 Malt Mastermind winner

Published:  09 November, 2011

David Sinclair of The Bar at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, has won this year's Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind.

The on-trade competition was launched last year to find the trade's most passionate malt enthusiast.

The final held at The Savoy in London witnessed eight finalists battle it out from across the UK, with David Sinclair's Equilibrium using Glenfiddich 18 Year Old stealing the show.

The judging panel consisted of industry experts including Glenfiddich brand ambassador Jamie Milne, Chris Moore head bartender of The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy and whisky experts Dominic Roskrow and Mark Thomson.

Milne, says: "We had more than double the entries than last year and the calibre of candidates has been truly impressive.

"The ideas and level of originality and creativity demonstrated at the final was inspiring and all concerned put a huge amount of hard work and effort in to making it a thrilling final.

"As a pioneering brand, we are excited to see the on-trade embrace the malt category and evolve it to encourage new drinkers to enjoy malt whisky."

Sinclair wins £1000, a trophy and a VIP trip to the Glenfiddich distillery.

The eight bartenders shortlisted in the final were:

Andrew Miller - Elbow Bar, Edinburgh
Colin McMillan - The Three Judges, Glasgow
David Sinclair - The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire
Lorenzo Miglietta - The Library Bar at the Lanesborough Hotel, London
Michael Allan - Raconteur, Edinburgh
Paul Mortensen - Gordon's Bar in Selfridges, London
Ross Painter - Second Floor Bar in Harvey Nichols, Bristol
Ryan Chetiyawardana - The Worship Street Whistling Shop, London