Social Diary: The Shed Distillery Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Curious Journey Cocktail Final

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The Head Bartender at one of Ireland’s most prestigious 5-star hotels has won the top award at one of the most hotly-contested Irish drinks competitions.

24-year old Dub Oisin Kelly from The Westbury Hotel was last night crowned All Ireland Champion at the 2019 The Shed Distillery Curious Cocktail Competition hosted by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits at House Dublin last night.

Denise Rigney -Co Founder and Director of The Shed Distillery, Oisin Kelly -Overall winner and John Dillon -Managing Director of Dalcassian Wines and Spirits at the Shed Distillery Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Curious Journey Cocktail Final hosted by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits in House Dublin.
Pic Brian McEvoy

Oisin’s intriguing Irish Negroni put a curious twist on Count Negroni’s Florentine Classic to celebrate its 100thyear anniversary.  The winning drink, featuring the iconic Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin, Irish Mead & Citrus Zest wowed judges at the gala finals held at House Dublin. 

45 Bartenders from  leading venues across Ireland, battled it out for one of just four places in the national finals. 

Finalists were given ten weeks to create four unique cocktails in a bid to impress the judging panel featuring Aaron Wall (Homeboy London), Peter O’Connor & Jules Mahon of Dalcassian Wines & Spirits and The Shed Distillery Marketing Manager Sean MacGabhann .  

Jules Mahon, Ruth Dunne,John Dillon, Leah O Connor and Deirdre Lowry at the Shed Distillery Drumshanbo Gunpowder Irish Gin Curious Journey Cocktail Final hosted by Dalcassian Wines & Spirits in House Dublin.
Pic Brian McEvoy

Oisin beat off stiff competition from finalists Leah O’Connor (The Shelbourne Hotel) Peter Polak (Cask Bar Cork) and Valentin Veliz (The Ivy Dublin) to claim the once-in-a-lifetime prize of a Curious Journey to meet industry legends from across the world. 

The trip kicks off with a three-day mentor experience with Brian Taft, Head Distiller at The Shed Distillery of PJ Rigney in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.  He will then jet off to London to the world-famous Homeboy Venue to work alongside some of the most celebrated experts in the global drinks industry.

Then it’s off to –  Bar Convent Berlin – where Oisin will reveal his winning serves to the world