Stefanie Anderson crowned winner of the Talisker ‘Race to Skye’ bartender competition

Stefanie Anderson of Bon Vivant, Edinburgh, has won the acclaimed title of the 2018 ‘Race to Skye’ champion, making her the second ever winner of Talisker’s annual bartender competition.


Talisker has named bartender from Edinburgh, Stefanie Anderson, as the 2018 ‘Race to Skye’ champion. Following a successful performance in four challenges over two days, Stefanie has been awarded the title of honorary Talisker Ambassador to support the Scotch whisky brand in telling its story and communicating the on-going Made by the Sea campaign.

As the first female to win the competition and the second ever winner, Stefanie joins the ranks of a number of inspiring and talented women within the whisky industry.


Stefanie Anderson commented: “I’m delighted to have won the Race to Skye. I admire the brand in so many ways so I am incredibly grateful to have been a part of the experience and on top of it, won! The competition was tough and everybody presented amazing serves and real originality behind their stories. This is just an amazing way to round off the trip and I’m thrilled to return and carry the Talisker torch.”

Over the course of the competition the finalists were put through their paces, taking part in four challenges over two days. These included a ‘Mystery Challenge’ designed to test the skills of each competitor’s discerning nose, palate and core distillery knowledge, a ‘Cocktail Food Pairing’ at the iconic Gleneagles Hotel, the ultimate whisky knowledge challenge, ‘Mastermind’ hosted by GB Whisky Brand Ambassador, Colin Dunn and, finally, each bartender was required to present their Talisker Made by the Sea Signature Serve to the panel of judges at the Talisker Distillery Visitor Centre with seven minutes to present the crafted cocktail.


Scottish Malts Ambassador at Diageo Reserve, Stevie Martin said: “Single malt whisky is fast becoming a main stay for the finest cocktail bartenders in the country. The Race to Skye again showed the possibilities and versatility of the Talisker brand when in the hands of the finest talent around. We had exceptional drinks and memorable stories from all seven finalists as well as an incredible few days travelling the Scottish wilderness. Our winner, Stefanie Anderson from the Bon Vivant in Edinburgh, performed incredibly well across all four challenges and we are looking forward to working with her on Talisker single malt whisky moving forward.”

Now in its second year, the Talisker Race to Skye bartender competition challenges bartenders from Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Bournemouth, Bristol and London to create a cocktail that embodied the Talisker’s new ‘Made by the Sea’ brand platform. The event showcases an extraordinary set of talent from across the UK.