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NOVEMBER 10

Glasgow Bartender Scoops O.V.D. Cocktail Crown

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.

Second place in the contest went to Ben Louthean from the Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn (Glasgow) with Paul Donegan from Clouds and Soil (Edinburgh) in third.

Nine competitors participated in the O.V.D. Cocktail Competition Grand Final which was held at the Tiki Bar in Glasgow. They each earned a spot in the event  by being placed in the top three of the competition heats which were held in Glasgow, Edinburgh and the North of Scotland. In total over 40 of Scotland’s top bartenders took part in the competition.

The nine finalists were: from the Edinburgh heat Oliver Hughes - 99 Hannover Street, Paul Donegan - Clouds & Soil and Ollie Smith - G&V Hotel. From Glasgow; Ben Louthean - Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn, Julia Bernatovica - Kelvingrove Café, and Georgina Camfield - Las Iguanas. And from the North of Scotland heat; Adam Gray - Bos'n (Aberdeen), Andy Stewart - The Tippling House (Aberdeen) and Milo Smith – 99 Bar and Kitchen (Aberdeen).

Paul Curry, O.V.D.’s  brand manager and one of the competition judges commented: “The standard of competition has been incredible this year. At each heat the bartenders have showcased not only great skill and fabulous tasting cocktails but also extensive brand knowledge and intriguing back-stories for their cocktail creations.  Selecting the final winner was exceptionally difficult but the judges all agreed that Julija’s cocktail perfectly fulfilled the brief to create  a drink that was delicious, easy to replicate and perfect for enjoying during the colder months. O.V.D. has been the best selling dark rum in Scotland for decades and has a long history but this competition demonstrates how versatile it is as a base for contemporary cocktails.”

Julija Bernatovica said: “I really didn’t expect to win so it is an amazing surprise. Taking part in the competition has been a great experience and I have enjoyed meeting all of the other bartenders and seeing them in action. Some wonderful drinks were created for the judging panel and I am delighted that mine was chosen as the winner.”

 

OCTOBER 30

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.

All three 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.

The competition, organised by O.V.D., Scotland’s best selling dark rum, was open to all bar staff across the North of Scotland.

O.V.D. is owned and distributed by William Grant & Sons and the competitors enjoyed a tour of Glenfiddich (William Grant & Sons flagship distillery) prior to the competition. Kirsten Grant Meikle, Great Great Granddaughter of William Grant presented the prizes.

Paul Curry, brand manager for O.V.D. Rum said: ”The North of Scotland bar tenders impressed the judging panel with their brand knowledge and creativity to produce some great tasting drinks with intriguing back stories.”

 

 

OCTOBER 24

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.  Run by O.V.D. , Scotland’s favourite dark rum the competitors were challenged to create a cocktail featuring O.V.D. that would be ideal to enjoy in the Autumn and Winter months.

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. 

All four 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.

The competition, organised by O.V.D., Scotland’s best selling dark rum, was open to all bar staff in Glasgow and the surrounding areas. Fifteen competitors from fourteen different bars attended the heat to put their skills to the test for the judging panel.

Paul Curry, brand manager for O.V.D. Rum said: ”The standard of competition was exceptional. I was thoroughly impressed by the amount of research the competitors had undertaken on the origins of O.V.D. and how they incorporated this into their drinks.  The diversity of drinks produced was also incredible, from flips and sours to contemporary takes on classic cocktail recipes.   This competition is a great showcase of O.V.D.’s potential as a cocktail ingredient.”

 

OCTOBER 23

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.

Run by O.V.D. , Scotland’s favourite dark rum, the competitors were challenged to create  a cocktail that would be ideal to enjoy in the Autumn and Winter months.

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.

The competition, organised by O.V.D., Scotland’s best selling dark rum, was open to all bar staff in Edinburgh and the surrounding areas.

Paul Curry, brand manager for O.V.D. Rum said: ”The Edinburgh finalists did an amazing job of bringing the rich heritage and taste profile of O.V.D. to life through their drinks.  There was a great variety of cocktails created and the presentation skills of the bar tenders were exceptional.  Choosing the final winners was a really tough job and my congratulations go to every entrant, not just the three finalists, for showing the quality and creativity of bar tenders in Edinburgh, they did the city proud.”

 

10 SEPTEMBER 2014

O.V.D. Discover the Dark Side Of Rum Cocktail Competition Returns

O.V.D., Scotland’s best selling dark rum is now accepting entries for its  Discover the Dark Side of Rum cocktail competition featuring a £1000 top prize. 

Developed to introduce O.V.D. as a potential cocktail ingredient, the competition is exclusively for Scottish based bartenders and last summer’s inaugural contest attracted entries from dozens of mixologists.

This year the event has been moved to an Autumn slot and has even better prizes on offer.  Paul Curry, William Grant & Sons UK brand manager for O.V.D.  said: “Last year was the first time we have promoted O.V.D. as a cocktail ingredient and we were blown away by the enthusiasm of the bartenders and the amazing drinks they devised using our brand.  O.V.D. is great tasting product and mixes really well.  To keep things interesting we are looking for this year’s competitors to use O.V.D. in cocktails they feel will appeal to customers during the colder months.”

 The O.V.D. Discover the Dark Side of Rum competition is open to bar tenders across Scotland and features regional heats in Edinburgh (October 22nd, 99 Hannover Street), Glasgow (October 23rd, Tiki Bar) and the North East (October 30th, The Glenfiddich Distillery). The top three entrants from each heat will earn a place in the Grand Final and vie for the £1000 top prize. The deadline for entries is October 10th.

 Paul Curry, continued: “We are now accepting entries for the Discover the Darkside of Rum competition.  I hope that some of last year’s competitors will choose to rise to the challenge again this time around and that they will be joined by a host of new talent ready to put their mixing skills to the test.”

The competition is being supported by an accompanying consumer cocktail themed marketing campaign that includes radio promotions, press competitions, public relations and sampling activity.

The top three winners from each heat receive prize monies of £100, £50 and £25 respectively plus bottles of O.V.D. rum.  A cocktail tasting will take place at the start of the Edinburgh and Glasgow events and snacks will be on offer, spectators are welcome but places will be limited. The Glenfiddich Distillery heat will include lunch for competitors and a tour of the Distillery followed by the competition element.Travel for entrants will be provided from Aberdeen and Inverness.

 

To enter complete the entry form below and return to karen@artisanpr.co.uk. Telephone Karen on 01578722690 or email karen@artisanpr.co.uk with any questions or queries.

 

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1 MAY 2014

Seniors Curling Scores New Sponsorship Deal with Scotland’s Favourite Dark Rum


O.V.D. has announced the signing of a sponsorship deal with The Royal Caledonian Curling Club (RCCC) for its Scottish Curling Senior Championships.

 The relationship  will kick-off in earnest in 2015 and see O.V.D. become headline sponsor of the Scottish Curling Seniors, one of the principal Championships run by the RCCC, the governing body for the sport in Scotland.

Open to curlers aged over 50, the winning men’s and women’s teams in the Scottish Curling Senior Championships earn the right to represent their country at the World Senior Championships where at this year’s event in Dumfries, Scotland’s Senior Women were crowned World Champions - Christine Cannon’s Scottish women beat Canada by 6-5 to claim Gold medal at a packed Dumfries Ice Bowl on Wednesday 30th April

The new sponsorship deal was announced at the 2014 World Senior Curling Championships (April 23rd-30th).  Fifteen women’s and twenty five men’s teams competed at the event with Scotland represented by Keith Prentice (from Duns), Lockhart Steele (Hamilton) Robert Anderson (Kilmarnock), Tommy Fleming (Kelso) and Robert Clark (Hamilton) in the men’s event and Christine Cannon (Stranraer) Margaret Richardson (Paisley), Isobel Hannen (Hamilton), Janet Lindsay (now Ontario, Canada) and Margaret Robertson (Berwick)in the women’s, pictured with coach Jackie Lockhart.

 

 

18 JUNE 2013

 Dark Side Scottish Cocktail Competition Winners Announced

Following a tense cocktail creating final featuring eleven of Scotland's top bar tenders, Robert Kerr from Dows bar in Inverness has won the first O.V.D. Discover the Dark Side of Rum Cocktail Competition crown.

Rob, who secured a place in the O.V.D. competition Grand Final after winning its North of Scotland heat, created his unique Guyana Girl cocktail for the judges.

The drink, which combines O.V.D. dark rum with Malibu, blackcurrant cordial, pineapple juice, lime and Rob's home-made banana flavoured tobacco and molasses syrup, captures the essence of O.V.D's Caribbean roots

Rob will recieve £1000 in travel or shopping vouchers from O.V.D. as his prize.

Linsey Rae of Monteiths bar in Edinburgh was second and joint third place was awarded to David McJannet of Elliots bar in Prestwick and Ian Sanderson of the Tiki bar in Glasgow.

The competition was judged by drinks experts, Paul Curry (First Drinks Brands), Chris Langan (Barnomadics), Gerry Mellor (First Drinks) and guest judge, Gillian McKenzie, editor of Scottish Licensed Trade News.

 

5 JUNE 2013

Ayrshire Dark Side Scottish Cocktail Competition Winners Announced

The Ayrshire final of the O.V.D. Darkside of Rum Cocktail Competition took place at Elliots Bar and Restaurant in Prestwick on June 5th.

David Howie, representing The Dome in Prestwick was awarded first place with David McJannet from Elliots in second. Ryan Connery, who works at Si Cafe in Irvine, came third.

All three automatically qualify for the competition’s Grand Final which will take place in Edinburgh on June 18th and has a star prize of £1000 on offer.

The competition was judged by drinks experts, Paul Curry (First Drinks Brands), Rob Dalglish (Barnomadics) and guest judge, Craig Stevenson, Managing Director of Braehead Foods and The Cook School.

 

4 JUNE 2013

Edinburgh Dark Side Scottish Cocktail Competition Winners Announced

The Edinburgh final of the O.V.D. Darkside of Rum Cocktail Competition took place at Cabaret Voltaire on June 4th.

In an exceptionally closely contested final featuring 11 top bar tenders, Jennifer Yaw achieved first place with Linsey Rae in second and Kaiko Tulloch third.

All three automatically qualify for the competition’s Grand Final which will take place in Edinburgh on June 18th and has a star prize of £1000 on offer.

Jennifer's winning cocktail featured a unique syrup created with infused Birds Eye green chillies which delivered a spicy kick to the final drink.

The competition was judged by drinks experts, Paul Curry (First Drinks Brands), Chris Langan (Barnomadics) and guest judge, journalist Fiona MacGregor.

 

23 MAY 2013

Glasgow Dark Side Scottish Cocktail Competition Winners Announced

The Glasgow final of the O.V.D. Darkside of Rum Cocktail Competition took place at the Tiki Bar and Kitsch Inn on May 23rd.

Ian Sanderson from the Tiki Bar scooped first place, his colleague, Nicol Cooper, was second with Jonathan Mackie from Lebowskis in third place.

All three automatically qualify for the competition’s Grand Final which will take place in Edinburgh on June 18th and has a star prize of £1000 on offer.

Ian named his winning cocktail the "Old Vatted Sleeper", a cold variation on a flip style cocktail featuring O.V.D. dark rum, an egg, green chartreuse and sweet vermouth.

The competition was judged by drinks experts, Gerry Mellor (First Drinks Brands), Chris Langan (Barnomadics) and guest judge Fiona Buchanan, owner of Heart Buchanan Fine Food and Wine.

 

20 MAY 2013

North of Scotland Dark Side Scottish Cocktail Competition Winners Announced

The North of Scotland final of the O.V.D. Darkside of Rum Cocktail Competition took place at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown on May 20th.

Thirteen top bar tenders pitted their mixology skills against one another to create the ultimate O.V.D. cocktail.

Rob Kerr from Dows Bar in Inverness scooped first place. Another Inverness barman, Andy Van Der Schyff who works at Johnny Foxes & The Den came second with Aberdonian, Fiona Reid from Orchid bar in Aberdeen securing third place. 

All three automatically qualify for the competition’s Grand Final which will take place in Edinburgh on June 18th and has a star prize of £1000 on offer.

Rob named his winning cocktail a “Guyana Girl” and it features O.V.D dark rum combined with Malibu, lime, pineapple, ribena and a specially created banana flavoured syrup.

The competition was judged by drinks experts, Gerry Mellor (First Drinks Brands), Chris Langan (Barnomadics) and guest judge Brian Robinson from The Glenfiddich Distillery.

 

 

01 MAY 2013

Dark Side Scottish Cocktail Competition
Open for Entries

Cocktail gurus can put their talents to a real test by entering the O.V.D. dark side of Rum competition.

Free and open to all professional bartenders in Scotland, the competition follows the basic cocktail rules : create a new drink featuring O.V.D. and up to six other ingredients. There are dab radios, cash, O.V.D. and a star prize of £1000 in either travel or shopping vouchers to be won. Regional heats will be held in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayrshire and North East Scotland.