By James Atkinson

Sydney bartender Tim Philips was crowned Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of the Year 2012 with his inventive take on a Hot Toddy whisky cocktail.

As reported by TheShout on Friday, Philips, of Hemmesphere, rose above 50 other finalists to win the global title. He captivated judges with his "retro chic" style signature serve, 'Hot Toddy Australia' made with Johnnie Walker Gold Label Blended Scotch Whisky, honey, cinnamon quill, ginger and innovative technique.

Over the past year, contenders from the most esteemed bars around the world have competed in local and regional heats, each aspiring to attain a place at the World Class Global Final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Just 50 from over 15,000 hopefuls were selected to showcase their creations in front of some of the most revered names in the industry – Salvatore Calabrese, Dale de Groff, Peter Dorelli, Gary Regan, Daniel Estremadoyro, Hidetsugu Ueno, Arturo Savage, Steve Olson and Aristotelis Papadopoulos.

Tim Philips, centre, with World Class judges

Rudy Paoli, managing director Global Reserve said Philips is the epitome of a Diageo Reserve World Class bartender and the accolade will set him on a life-changing journey.

"He will become a recognised industry name and travel the world as a Diageo Reserve World Class Ambassador, championing the art and craft of the bartender by educating and inspiring new talent, participating in international high-profile events and transforming fine drinking and cocktail culture," he said.

Philips said he was "thrilled and humbled" to pick up the award.

"I have been inspired this week by the high standards and limitless talent and look forward to the year ahead, travelling the world, meeting my peers and continuing to create experiences through my creations that immerse customers in another world."

The Shout Team

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