The UKBG & Japanese Sake & Shochu Makers Association have annouced the third edition of the Great Honkaku Shochu & Awamori Contest.

Taking place on 18th March, the competition will showcase the creativity and passion of some of the UK’s leading bartenders.

The competition is held by the UK Bartenders’ Guild in partnership with the JSS, and is aimed at driving awareness of the "versatility" of Japanese spirits. 

The winner's prize is a trip to Japan, allowing the successful bartender to hone their skills even further with the experts in the Japanese spirit industry.

Accompanying the competition will be a tasting taking place on 12th February, from leading lights in the Japanese spirit industry, as well as artisanal brewers and distillers, demonstrating the production, flavour profiles and providing cocktail inspiration.

Claudia Carrozzi, president at the UKBG, said: “We are thrilled to collaborate with the Japanese Sake and Shochu Makers Association for another year. Following the great success of our past collaborations, we are eager to continue promoting the exceptional spirits of Japan. Our industry thrives on innovation and creativity, and we hope to generate more interest in Sake and Sochu across the UK.”

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