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Diplomático World Tournament Global Finals Preview

Written by Pete on . Posted in Rum Chat

It’s not just about winning… 

…It’s also all about the Beach! [Part 2]

Twenty-eight of the world’s best bartenders are currently winging their way to Barquisimeto, Venezuela for the Global Finals of the Diplomático World Tournament. It’s easy to say it’s going to be super tough for the judges this time, but I think it really will be and I wanted to preview both those competing and two of the serves that will be vying for the top spot.
Diplomático World TournamentIn no particular order:
  • Orlando Marzo - Australia
  • James Stevenson - UK
  • Nikhil Rathod - India
  • Félix Cuevas - Panama
  • Marcelo Serrano - Brazil
  • Jan Teska - Czechoslovakia
  • Vitalii Skripchinskii - Russia
  • José-Luis León - Mexico
  • Luis Estrada - Switzerland
  • Juan Valderrama C - Colombia
  • Wilson Pires - Portugal
  • Ben Tyler - France
  • Daniel An - China
  • Nick Meyer - USA
  • Vijay Mudaliar - Singapore
  • Remco Babay - Netherlands
  • Michele Garofalo - Italy
  • Marek Vojcarcik - Hong Kong
  • Martin Tummino - Venezuela
  • Gez McAlpine - Canada
  • Javier García - Spain
  • Cornelius Presch - Germany
  • Rasmus Poulsgaard - Denmark
  • Johan Everst - Sweden
  • Jair Rosas - Peru
  • Milk Pailin - Thailand
  • George Dendrakis - Greece
  • Sai Hamsala - New Zealand
To highlight the diversity, I’d like to share the serve of the Venezuelan finalist, Martin Tummino whom I first encountered when I was proud to be a part of the judging panel. His serve is a wonderful showcase for the rums used, it's balanced and very tasty. The simple inclusivity of the serve means it can easily be recreated pretty much anywhere in the (cocktail drinking) world. Contrast that with the UK’s representative, James Stevenson whom combines modern day technique and use of technical equipment to produce a serve that is equally a wonderful showcase for the rum, but pretty much unique to the bartender – oh and it’s equally tasty too! Further add into the mix the fact that twenty-six other talented bartenders are also going to be doing their best to win the competition, you’ll understand why I think the judges will have a tough time picking a winner. 
Venezuela De Ayer, by Martin Tummino
  • 1oz Diplomático Blanco
  • 1oz Diplomático Reserva
  • 1oz Freshly pressed pineapple juice
  • 0.5oz Freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 0.75oz Rosemary syrup
  • ½ Egg white
Method: briefly dry shake all the ingredients to create a nice foam and then add cubed ice, shake and strain into a chilled 6oz cocktail glass (or teacup as Martin did in the Venezuelan finals). Garnish with a piece of pineapple, a pineapple leave and a sprig of rosemary.
Note: the rosemary syrup was made by first boiling some rosemary for a few minutes to make a tea, then strained. The infused water was then used in equal parts with sugar to make a syrup.
White Noise, by James Stevenson
  • 45ml Diplomático Blanco
  • 30ml Pedro Ximénez "aromatised" Dry vermouth 
  • 15ml Banana and macadamia nut whisky liqueur
Method: add all the ingredients into a metal tin and stir with cubed ice. Strain into a chilled coupette and garnish with Norfolk sorrel flowers. James advises us to eat the sorrel last to cleanse the palate with a citrus blast.
White Noise
(Photo shows an already sampled serve... - too tasty to wait for photos to be taken!)
No matter who wins though, the trip to Venezuela will be pretty special for all involved as DUSA are wonderful hosts and it’s a beautiful country. And, of course, there’s always the beach afterwards!
Morrocoy National Park
Morrocoy National Park
Follow the competition in the Social Media (details below) and don't forget to support your countries representative.
Good luck to all competing!

Rum Databank: Diplomático World Tournament
Country of Origin: Venezuela
Hashtag: #DWT

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