FINEST CALL CREATIVE OPEN/POUR
For explanations of the above categories please see the WFA website
We are bartenders and if you can’t make a proper drink then you will be marked down.
Make sure you finish your drinks, Finest Call puree must be used.
COCKTAIL - TOTAL 50 POINTS
APPEARANCE / PRESENTATION 20 POINTS
The chosen glassware and general visual appearance of a cocktail and garnish affect its appeal and points will be awarded accordingly.
AROMA 10 POINTS
The intensity and variety of flavours of the cocktail should be appealing and entice the drinker.
TASTE 20 POINTS
A perfectly balanced cocktail is divine. Is the drink too sour, too sweet or is it superbly balanced? How long is the aftertaste? Can you feel all the ingredients and how the different tastes play with each other?
Most of the Grand Slam competitions will have no deductions, except for Miscellaneous. However, each competition will be treated differently so some competitions may include drops or spill
Why have we removed drops and spills?
After speaking to many judges and longtime competitors it is clear that bartenders are being deducted twice with drops and spills. For example, when you make a routine with a lot of drops then you will be marked down on originality, difficulty, and choreography. It is just inevitable. Plus, you would then be deducted the points you lose for each drop and spill. So, you are losing points twice.
Taking away drops and spills doesn’t mean you are not going to lose points. You will, but only once. The judges will mark you down in certain categories if you make a lot of drops, but at least you won’t be marked down twice.