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Ian McLaren wins the Tales of the Cocktail 2015 Golden Spirit Award

Ian McLaren

NEW ORLEANS – October 1, 2015 – Each year, Tales of the Cocktail® gives the Golden Spirit Award to the presenter who received the highest evaluation scores from seminar attendees. Through this award, Tales of the Cocktail® recognizes this individual for the outstanding talent shown for advancing the craft of the cocktail by sharing his or her knowledge with the industry. Tales of the Cocktail® is proud to announce that Ian McLaren is this year’s Golden Spirit Award Winner with his seminars “Genie In A Bottle: How Spirits Age” and “Improved Sustainability in Your Bar” (with Ryan Chetiyawardana).

“Ian McLaren is a presenter operating at the very top of his game,” said Philip Duff, Tales of the Cocktail’s Director of Education. “He consistently plans, coordinates and executes top-ranked seminars that innovatively and significantly increase the knowledge of attendees. He is a worthy addition to the ranks of Golden Spirit Award winners.”

McLaren has shared his talents and knowledge with Tales of the Cocktail® attendees as a seminar presenter since 2012. McLaren played a major roll in the cocktail revival in Edinburgh, Scotland where he trained and mentored two generations of cocktail bartenders who have gone on to run some of the best bars in the world. Now the Director of Advocacy and Training for Bacardi USA, McLaren names Tales of the Cocktail® among other industry initiatives for his many presenting credits.

“It is an honor to join the illustrious list of people that have won this award,” said McLaren. “The seminars I was a part of this year were a team effort and wouldn’t have happened without close collaboration from a great cast of panelists and moderators. I was lucky to present with a group of people who I greatly admire and whose knowledge of their topic is second to none.”

McLaren joins an esteemed group of Golden Spirit Award winners including Charlotte Voisey (2007 & 2009), Jeff Berry (2008), Francesco Lafranconi (2009), Jacob Briars (2010), Claire Smith (2011), Philip Duff (2012), David Wondrich (2013) and Angus Winchester (2014).

Tales of the Cocktail® returns to New Orleans July 18-24, 2016 with another spirited selection of seminars, competitions, tasting rooms, networking events and much more. For more information, visit

About Tales of the Cocktail®

Tales of the Cocktail® is the world’s premier cocktail festival, bringing together the international spirits community for five days of what’s now, what’s new and what’s next in bartending. Held annually in New Orleans, Tales of the Cocktail® has something for bartenders and spirits professionals with opportunities to mix and mingle with the brightest minds in mixology during an always-spirited schedule of seminars, dinners, competitions, tasting rooms and new product launches. Join us in New Orleans July 18-24, 2016 for the 14th Annual Tales of the Cocktail®.


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