Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Barman Cocktail Competition Finals!

I shoot for a gorgeous Inner City pub, in Sydney, called The Cauliflower Hotel. And yesterday, their upstairs Caribbean inspired rum bar hosted the finals of the Chairman’s Reserve Mai Tai Cocktail competition, 2017.

Out of 15 initial bartenders through, they were each asked to create their own version of the Mai Tai Tikki cocktail using Chairman’s Reserve Rum and added it to the list at their bar and promoted it on social media. From there, the final six were chosen and yesterday performed in front of a panel of four judges to win a return trip to Bali including accommodation, 6 collectors’ bottles of 1931 by St Lucia limited edition 1 to 6 and the opportunity to become Chairman’s Brand Ambassador for Australia.

The judges …

The finalists …


Mark Lovett – The Cuban Place, CBD
Craig Keerison – The Botanist
Lachlan Gunner – Della Hyde, Darlinghurst
Oliver Payne – Bondi Hardware
Aaron Michael – The Forgotten Cask, Waterloo
Sam Dennett – Cheddar Bella Vista

The shakers were cleaned, the bar prepped … may the best Mai Tai win!

And after each finalist had discussed, created and presented their story the fabulous team from Chairman’s Reserve Rum talked through each different rum, with tastings … of course.

Some of the cocktails …

The judges went off and the prizes came out, then … it was a waiting game.





The winner was Lachlan Gunner of Della Hyde in Darlinghurst was crowned Mai Tai Chairman 2017! Congratulations Lachlan!

And, to end my day … my favourite cocktail that is only made at The Forgotten Cask … the Bonnie and Reed.

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