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38 Finalists Invited to Kentucky For Competition and One-of-a-Kind Experience


Versailles, KY (June 9, 2022) – Woodford Reserve is proud to announce the winner of this year’s Manhattan Experience – bartender Patty Dennison from New York City. The national competition returned, in-person, bringing together some of the most talented mixologists from the US and Canada. 


This year, the program engaged almost 1,000 industry professionals from around the country across 38 local market competitions for the chance to win one of the most prestigious bartender competitions in the world. A finalist from each city or region spent the week in Kentucky as part of a one-of-a-kind experience in Louisville and at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery. 


“It was a phenomenal experience to have some of the country’s best up-and-coming bartenders here in Kentucky for the Woodford Reserve Manhattan Experience,” explained Chris Morris, Woodford Reserve Master Distiller. “The competitors really did an amazing job leveraging Woodford Reserve’s 200+ flavors to create Manhattan variations and unique cocktails”


Woodford Reserve is the sponsor of the Manhattan Experience. The competition allows mixologists to showcase their skills, as well as challenges them to delve deeper into the profile of the Manhattan and its ingredients. This national cocktail competition welcomes talented mixologists as they create their own unique twist on the classic cocktail. 


Dennison won the title of “The Master of the Manhattan” with her Manhattan interpretation, “Breaking News”, and her two original cocktails “Low Ryze” and “Second Helping.”


“It is so exciting to work with such an iconic brand, and compete alongside such talented and amazing bartenders,” Dennison said. 


The judging panel saw the return of esteemed industry tastemakers Julie Reiner, Charles Joly and Jacques Bezuidenhout.


The other top five finalists include Courtney Moy (Boston), Kat Parsons (Oakland), Roger Fruin (Detroit), Jonathan Stanyard (Seattle), S.C. Baker (Louisville). 



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About Woodford Reserve

Woodford Reserve, “Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky Derby,” is crafted at the historic Woodford Reserve Distillery, tucked in the heart of thoroughbred country in Versailles, Kentucky. A National Historic Landmark, the Woodford Reserve Distillery represents craftsmanship with a balance of historic heritage and modern practices. Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a premier producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands including Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Old Forester, Sonoma-Cutrer and Chambord. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. To learn more about Woodford Reserve, visit us  or check us out on Facebook at


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