Linda won the title in front of a live audience and a stellar line-up of international and local judges and the win represents a hat-trick for Cask as Linda takes over the reins from Carl D’Alton, the 2018 winner and Andy Ferreira, the 2017 winner. Linda goes on to represent Ireland in the World Class Global Final 2019 taking place in Glasgow this coming September.
World Class is committed to celebrate and elevate the craft of bartending worldwide and brings together “the best bars, the most talented bartenders and the most exquisite spirits from around the world including Tanqueray No Ten Gin, Ketel One Vodka, Roe & Co Irish Whiskey and Bulleit Bourbon” states Diageo.
To determine Ireland’s best bartender some of the industry’s most influential figures at home and abroad joined this year’s judging panel including Scotch Whiskey Global Ambassador Ervin Trykowski, Roe & Co Brand Ambassador Alan Mulvihill and Roe & Co Head Distiller Lora Hemy as well as Diageo’s Global Gastronomer Mark Moriarty.
Competing alongside Linda were Jonathan Shaw from Bert’s Jazz Bar in Belfast and Andrew Ennis from The Little Pig in Dublin.
“Our spectacular new Roe & Co Distillery provided the idyllic backdrop as our three finalists battled it out for the honour to represent Ireland at the Global World Class Finals,” commented Diageo Reserve & World Class Ireland Brand Ambassador Ronan Massey at the event.
“I’m so overwhelmed!” commented Linda on being announced as the World Class Irish Bartender of the Year 2019, “I’ve put so much work into this competition and I truly love what I do. I want to bring my genuine passion for bartending and Irish hospitality, as well as my interest in native ingredients, to the fore when I represent Ireland in Glasgow in September.”