The Fairmont Pacific Rim's Botanist Bar's head bartender Jeff Savage has been recognized among the world’s best bartenders, placing in an overall impressive second place at the Diageo World Class Bartender of the Year finals!
Following a fierce five-day final competition stretch with six challenges and three locations across the Netherlands and Scotland, 53 of the world’s best bartenders stirred and shook their way through a series of gruelling final cocktail challenges before narrowing down to the top 8, who underwent a final speed round challenge. Savage, who represented Canada at the finals, took gold in the Singleton Serve challenge. A duo part challenge, the first component was to create a cocktail with three ingredients; a Singleton serve, a homemade ingredient and one readily available. A Tartan Tiki-style cocktail, dressed with his family’s tartan, was built on the idea of finding your own tribe, somewhere to belong. The second was to present a pour of Singleton, complemented with two different elements. Savage chose to pair his with a Canadian favourite pastime in mind; accompanied by a fire starter and duck fat marshmallows, judges were encouraged to sit by the fire and toast their marshmallows while enjoying the warmth of each other’s company and the smooth balance of a drab of Singleton whisky.
As a top 8 finalist, Savage was then challenged with a final speed round, tasked with creating six classic cocktails to perfection, and judged on whether they "would order it again". He completed a perfect speed round with six green flags waved by the judges; the only competitor to do so! Go Jeff! —Vita Daily