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AFTER hours of intensive training and rigorous challenges over a six-month period, Chong Yi Shawn, bar manager at specialty Hoofed Kuala Lumpur, took top spot at Malaysia’s National Finals of Diageo Reserve World Class, held at the Conrad Centennial on June 13.

Chong will represent Malaysia in the prestigious global finals in New Delhi, India, from July 10 to 14, where he will join 31 fellow bartenders as they learn from leading cocktail legends such as Dale DeGroff, Peter Dorelli, Salvatore Calabrese and Gary Regan. The finalists will also face six cocktail challenges as they vie for the title of Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2011.

Helmed by drinks company Diageo, World Class is a global luxury bartending programme that aims to raise the standards of bartending and provide a career asset to bartenders.

To follow the global finals and for a behind-the-scenes look at World Class 2011 in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, visit them on Facebook at Global World Class Finals and world class.semi.

Dewar’s’ new look

Dewar’s Blended Scotch Whisky recently launched a new look for their award-winning range of blended Scotch whiskies. The stylish new design unites the Dewar’s range of whiskies as one cohesive family.

Key features reflecting the artistry and craftsmanship which define the portfolio are shared across the Dewar’s family of blended scotch whiskies which include Dewar’s White Label, Dewar’s 12 Years Old, Dewar’s 18 Years Old and Dewar’s Signature.

To celebrate the new look, Dewar’s sole importer and distributor in Malaysia, Thai-Pore Wines & Spirits (M), presents the Dewar’s Club Tour, a two-month nationwide music celebration that will be hitting the following clubs: Movida, KL (June 30); Dolce@The Zon, Johor Baru (July 15); Movida, Malacca (July 20) and Ovo, Petaling Jaya, Selangor (July 23).

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