THE GRAND TOUR 2017/18

#EMPORIAGRANDTOUR


NARDINI | PERE MAGLOIRE | MARQUIS | CARLOS I

WIN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME...visiting all four of these famous distilleries and the opportunity to be crowned Emporia's Grand Champion 2018. One finalist will be selected from each of the following regions: Southeast, Southwest, Midlands, North, Scotland & Northern Island. The competition runs from February to August, the 6 regional finalists will then be invited to visit the 4 distilleries in 3 different countries over 1 week in September. Launch events will be taking place throughout the UK (listed below), all guests attending the event will recieve a welcome drink and introduction to the Emporia Grand Tour along with: 4 x 20 minute sessions on the brands (including a sample mini cocktail from each brand), a hand out detailing the rules, receipt of gift box with samples and an invitation to enter. Following the event those not working are invited to stay and sample some alternative brandy cocktails.


LAUNCH EVENTS

Scotland Launch, 18th April : The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh, 1- 4pm

South Launch, 19th April : Magic Roundabout, London, 1 - 4pm

North Launch, 25th April: Alma De Cuba, Liverpool, 1 - 4pm

Midlands Launch, 2nd May: The Edgbaston, Birmingham, 1 - 4pm


THE COMPETITION

Stage One (Running throughout June):
Select two of the brands to pair with any of the below four drinks categories. 

Stage Two (Running throughout September):
Select the remaining two brands and create a drink with the other two drinks categories. 

Products:
Grappa – Nardini Bianca 40 or Rabarbaro
Calvados - Pere Magloire VSOP
Spanish Brandy - Carlos I Solera Gran Reserva
Armagnac – Marquis Fine or Reserve

Drinks Categories: 
Aperitif
Digestive
Punch
Sour

The top five bartenders from each region will then compete in the regional final in January 2018.


THE FINALS

Each of the 5 finalists will visit and compete over a week at each distillery in March 2018.
At each stage the finalist will have to present their signature serve as well as competing in a unique challenge at each distillery.

The Challenges:
Armagnac – ‘blending challenge’
Calvados – ‘distillation & ageing’
Nardini – ‘market challenge’
Spanish Brandy – ‘sherry challenge’

At each stage there will be a stage champion, at the end of the week all the scores will be tallied together with one person being crowned Emporia’s Grand Tour Champion 2018.

STARTS: FEB 17

ENDS: AUG 17


- entry deadline has now passed -