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The Judges

Russell Hayward

Russell Hayward - Bar Manager at 12th Knot

17 years experience in the Hospitality industry across 3 countries in a variety of venues each with their own specific clientèle. My skills are primarily based around classic cocktails and modern adaptations. I possess an extensive knowledge of spirits, liqueurs and craft beers. This ranges from specific flavour profiles and characteristics allowing for the right selection of products to satisfy a customer's needs, and the blending of different ingredients and spirits when creating and developing new cocktails or complete menus. I also know the distillation, fermentation and manufacturing processes of different beers, wines and spirits allowing me to inform and educate customers on the history behind their drink enhancing their experience in a more profound way than just the simple tantalizing of taste buds and stimulation of senses.