The Tasting Panel magazine

September 2015

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74  /  the tasting panel  /  september 2015 COMPETITIONS O n a blustery February day in Dufftown, Scotland, bartenders from across the U.S. nervously awaited their chance to present a unique take on a serve of Glenfiddich. From cigars wrapped in tobacco designed to pair with various expressions of Glenfiddich whisky to Glenfiddich ice spheres and deconstructed bites designed to mimic the flavors in the classic Scotch, creativity was on high as the finalists in the Glenfiddich Kindred Spirit competition battled for the inaugural title. This time next year, there will be a new champion crowned—will it be you? If you want to find yourself Scotland-bound, you'll have to get past the creative team at Chicago's Franklin Room first: There, Beverage Director Peter Kim and General Manager Tony Glover have brought a simple yet elegant serve to the Windy City, all with the aim of whisky education. THE SECOND ANNUAL GLENFIDDICH KINDRED SPIRIT COMPETITION CHALLENGES BAR TEAMS TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Keeping Up with the Kindred Spirit by Rachel Burkons / photos by Rebecca Peplinski Meet the Quarter Bottle, a Glenfiddich Kindred Spirit serve designed to let consumers play mixologist.

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