Vikram K.U from Blue Bar, Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi recently won the inaugural edition of North American Whiskey Cocktail Championship held in India by a four-member panel comprisingÂ Vikram Achanta, Co-Founder and CEO of Tulleeho; Vaibhav Singh, Founder, Perch Wine & Coffee Bars; Jay Malik, Senior Brand Manager – MENA, Brown-Forman and Vineet Agrawal, Head of Marketing – India Area, Brown-Forman.
As the grand prize winner, Vikram will now be going on a guided tour to the iconic Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee and the Woodford Reserve Distillery in Versailles, Kentucky. He impressed the judges with his recipe â€œThe Amazing Graceâ€ that he made with walnut and fig infused-Woodford Reserve, spice syrup, homemade spice bitters and lemon bitter.
A visibly excited Vikram said, â€œI am thrilled to win such a prestigious competition and am really looking forward to visit the Jack Danielâ€™s and Woodford Reserve distilleries for a glimpse into the making of these fine whiskeys. I have really worked hard and put in a lot of effort in creating my recipe, which is inspired from the inherent flavors of Woodford Reserve complemented by local Indian spices. I thank Brown-Forman for giving me such a great platform and opportunity to showcase my skills.”
The 15 finalists were shortlisted from across India with representation from multiple cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Gurgaon, Bangalore and Chennai; all the shortlisted cocktails were original recipes created by the participating mixologists.
Speaking on the championship, Vineet Agrawal, Head of Marketing, India Subcontinent and Maldives, Brown-Forman Worldwide LLC said, â€œThe jury was impressed with the creativity demonstrated by the participants and the innovative presentation techniques on display. The talent showcased promises a great future for the cocktail culture in India. While it wasnâ€™t an easy task to pick the winner, Vikram was the deserving winner of the first North American Whiskey Cocktail Championship.â€