Julija Bernatovica from the Kelvingrove Café has won the £1000 top prize in the O.V.D. Discover the Dark Side of Rum Cocktail Competition.

Originally from Riga in Latvia, Julija has been working in the bar trade for two years and won over the judges with her “Wanted Kidd” cocktail, a delicious combination of O.V.D., Cocchi Amaro and apple, toffee and rosemary syrup that was deemed by the panel as the perfect drink for the autumn and winter months.


Northern Bar Tenders Cause a Stir

Bar tenders from Aberdeen, Inverness and Crieff gathered at The Glenfiddich Distillery in Speyside (October 30th) for the North of Scotland heat of the O.V.D. Discover the Dark Side of Rum Cocktail Competition.  The competitors were tasked with creating unique cocktails using O.V.D. dark rum that would be ideal to enjoy in the Autumn and Winter months.

Adam Gray, manager of Bos’n in Aberdeen scooped first place with Andy Stewart (The Tippling House, Aberdeen) and Milo Smith (99 Bar and Kitchen, Aberdeen), in second and third.

Kirsten Grant Meikle, Great Great Granddaughter of William Grant presented the prizes.


Glasgow Bar Tenders Discover their Dark Side

Bar tenders turned out in force to compete in the Glasgow heat of the O.V.D. Discover the Dark Side of Rum Cocktail Competition (October 23).  

Ben Louthean, from the Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn scooped first place with his aptly named Rough Diamond (linking to O.V.D.’s production roots at the Diamond Distillery in Guyana), Julia Bernatovica, representing Kelvingrove Café was placed second with Greg Benson from The Finnieston and Georgina Camfield from Las Iguanas joint third. 

Fifteen competitors from fourteen different bars attended the heat to put their skills to the test for the judging panel.


Edinburgh Bar Tenders mix–it-up with O.V.D.

Top bar tenders from across Edinburgh put their mixology skills to the test in the Edinburgh heat of the O.V.D. Discover the Dark Side of Rum Cocktail Competition (October 22).

Oliver Hughes from 99 Hanover Street won over the judges to secure first place with his Che Guyana cocktail featuring O.V.D., Ruby port, Spiced Muscavado Syrup, Angostura Bitters and chocolate bitters. Paul Donegan from Clouds & Soil was second with Ollie Smith from G&V Hotel in third.

All three finalists automatically qualify for the competition’s Grand Final which will take place in Glasgow on November 10th and has a star prize of £1000 on offer.


Great Response to Discover the Dark Side of Rum

Scottish Bartenders Cocktail Competition

The O.V.D. Discover the Darkside of Rum cocktail competition has attracted a fantastic response from bartenders across Scotland with dozens choosing to enter.  The entry deadline has now passed and the heats will be held at: 

99 Hanover Street, Edinburgh  - October 22nd

Tiki Bar, Glasgow - October 23rd

The Glenfididch Distillery Dufftown, October 30th

The top three competitors at each heat will make it through to the final on November 10th at the Tiki Bar in Glasgow where the £1000 top prize will be won.

Discover the Dark Side of Rum

Scottish Bartenders Cocktail Competition

O.V.D.'s Autumn cocktail competition, featuring a £1000 top prize is now accepting entries. The contest will feature regional heats followed by a Grand Final. To enter bartenders need to complete a simple application form and email it back. Heats will be held in Edinburgh on October 22nd, Glasgow on October 23rd and at The Glenfiddich Distillery on October 30th.  The final will be on November 10th.

Entry form below


more information in the news section..


Seniors Curling Scores New Sponsorship

Deal with Scotland’s Favourite Dark Rum

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) has announced

the signing of a sponsorship deal with best selling dark rum,

O.V.D. for its Scottish Curling Senior Championships.