And The Good News Is I’m Not Going Mad…
Bacardi makes great use of the “Family” aspect of their business and quite rightly too – Bacardi Limited is the largest privately held, family-owned spirits company in the world (and we are happy to say we’ve met a few Bacardi family members on our rummy travels). Being ‘part of the family’ is something we’ve heard a number of times before at Bacardi events, but this time the line of ‘A Family That Dines Together, Stays Together’ really did ring true as for the first time ever, the event was centred around a wonderful three course meal!
Ref the statement of not going mad: when I previewed the event a little while ago, I thought to myself that I’d somehow missed the whole new intake of regional finalists who would be vying for one of the ‘three most promising’ slots. The good news was that I’d not missed it – it just hadn’t happened. The world’s most complicated cocktail competition has just changed again... The UK is taking a break to allow the rest of the world to catch up and I’m glad my rum-radar is not misfiring.
So with the evening all about confirming whom of Nelson Bernardes, Sam Kershaw or Tom Walker was going to go on to represent the UK in the Global Finals there was plenty of time to chat and drink cocktails! Tough eh? I still really liked the Maid in Cuba though, and so it seems did those responsible for picking a winner as Tom Walker won through on the night – announced in rhyme by an actress in suitably dramatic fashion from a lofty vantage point overlooking guests. A suitable reward for a stunning level of work and the creation of a drink that was simple to make, a perfect showcase for Bacardi and (of course) a genuine modern classic.
Tom now represents the UK at the Global Finals which are being held in Moscow on the 8th May, 2014.
Interestingly, that now makes two years in a row that someone at The Savoy has represented the UK in the finals. Dare anyone there enter next time and risk breaking the run? I hope they do – it will add to the drama!
There were plenty of highlights, but the novel twist on the ubiquitous white or red wine served at dinner was very special. Both Blanco (a blend of Bacardi Superior, orange blossom honey, pineapple, pear and apple) and Rojo (a blend of Bacardi 8, cherry, liquorice, pepper and blackberry) were very good and kept things suitably rummy on the night. Whoever came up with that idea is a genius!
Rum Databank: Bacardí Legacy Global Cocktail Competition