Terms and Conditions

Deanston 2024 Cut From A Different Tartan (hereinafter “the Contest”) Official Rules and Regulations

This Contest is administered by CVH Spirits and Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd. (“PMA Canada”) (individually and collectively, the “Sponsors”).

The provincial liquor agencies are not connected with this contest in any manner whatsoever and are not liable in any matter which relates to this contest.

CONTEST DETAILS: It’s time to celebrate the change makers in Canada’s bartending community with Deanston Distillery’s 2024 Cut From A Different Tartan search and contest.

ELIGIBILITY: This contest, including entrants and nominators, is open to all licensed Bartenders who are legal residents of Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta and are the legal drinking age in their province of residence.

Nominated Bartenders must formally accept the nomination to proceed and be eligible to win prizes. Specifically, a nominated bartender must complete and sign the Cut From A Different Tartan Nomination Acceptance Form, which will be sent and notarized via email.

The Sponsors shall have the right at any time to require proof of identity and/or eligibility to participate in the Contests. Failure to provide such proof may result in disqualification. All personal and other information requested by and supplied to the Sponsors for the purpose of the Contests must be truthful, complete, accurate and in no way misleading. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any entrant should such an entrant at any stage supply untruthful, incomplete, inaccurate, or misleading personal details and/or information.

The entrant and nominators must be of legal drinking age in their province of residence and each of the entrant and nominator must sign a declaration confirming understanding, compliance with and acceptance of the Contest Rules and acceptance of prizes and one or more releases of Sponsor, the Provincial Liquor Boards, participating retail distributors, and their respective directors, officers, employees and agents, from all liability of any kind in connection with this Contest, or occurring as a result of the prize being awarded, in a form satisfactory to Sponsor, the Provincial Liquor Authorities and participating retail distributors.

CONTEST PERIOD: The Contest runs from 12:01AM ET June 18, 2024- 11:59PM ET August 20, 2024. Entries received after 11:59PM ET August 20, 2024, will be considered null and void and will not be eligible for any prizing. Entry ballots shall be subject to verification and will be null and void if they are found to have been obtained outside legitimate channels of distribution, or are illegible, altered, forged, defaced, mutilated or tampered with in any way or not obtained in accordance with these Contest Rules.

HOW TO ENTER—NO PURCHASE NECESSARY: To be considered for this competition, you must complete a nomination form nominating an eligible changemaker. 

  1. Culture Changemakers: You’re a culture change maker if you’re behind efforts to shape a diverse and inclusive bartender culture.
  2. MIXOLOGY Changemakers: You’re a mixology change maker if you’re inspiring the what’s the next big mixology and cocktail trend.
  3. SUSTAINBILITY-FOCUSED CHANGEMAKERS: You’re a sustainability-focused change maker if you’re introducing new practices (or have ambitions) that are focused on the planet, sustainable and repurposing to reduce your footprint
  4. COMMUNITY CHANGEMAKERS: You’re a Community change maker if you are sharing knowledge and/or are on the front lines of community-based events that support the bartending community.

In order to take part in the Contest, all Bartenders who meet the eligibility requirements must visit the contest entry form at https://deanstondifferenttartan.ca/enter and register by filling in the specific form dedicated to the Contest with the data indicated as mandatory.

To be eligible, your nomination must be received by midnight EST August 20, 2024, and a subsequent acceptance of the nomination must be received in writing by the nominated legally eligible party by August 25th to be considered among the five finalists.

The changemaker must then confirm their acceptance to be considered among five (5) finalists [].  Specifically, a nominated bartender must complete and sign the Cut From A Different Tartan Nomination Acceptance Form, which will be sent and notarized via email. Once confirmed and accepted, finalists must submit an original cocktail recipe featuring Deanston Virgin Oak in the allotted timeframe for judging by an independent judging panel as convened by Sponsors.


There is one (1) Grand Prize of ($5,000 CDN cash).

There are four (4) finalist prizes of ($500 CDN cash), which will be awarded to the second, third, fourth and fifth finalists.

The one (1) prize of ($500 CDN cash) plus two (2) tickets tothe foodism ICON Awards (Toronto, ON, November 2024, exact date to be confirmed) to the person who nominates the Grand Prize winner.

Should more than one person nominate the same Grand Prizer winner, before the Contest End Date. All all-eligible nominees for said Grand Prize winning bartender will be entered into a draw whereby one (1) random winner will be selected and one (1) prize of the $500 will be awarded to a single randomly selected entrant.

There is no cash value for the (2) tickets to the foodism ICON Awards event. Prize is to be accepted as awarded and does not include any local and/or, out of town or travel or accommodations.

WINNER SELECTION, FULLFILLMENT & NOTIFICATION: From the eligible entries received, five (5) finalists will be selected from a virtual judging panel that includes representatives from Deanston Distillery and Bartender Atlas. These five finalists will be asked to create the original cocktail using Deanston Virgin Oak Single malt scotch whisky from their submitted recipe. (See Cocktail Submissions)

One (1) winner will be selected as the Grand Prize winner based on the changemaker story as submitted and the original cocktail submission (both will be weighted equally at 50% of the evaluation by the Sponsors).

The Grand Prize winner will receive the Grand Prize of $5,000 cash. To be eligible for the Grand Prize, The Grand Prize winner must agree to attend the foodism ICON awards in Toronto (local or interprovincial travel arranged), to prepare their winning cocktail at a Deanston-sponsored activation November 2024, date TBC.

A condition of being eligible for any of the Contest prizes is the creation of an original cocktail recipe that meets the below requirements*:

Cocktail Submissions

The taste of our whisky leaves a lasting impression, so it’s only right we invite you to create a cocktail with our Deanston Virgin Oak…. We love quirky originality and that will bring out the profile of this waxy whisky.

While many rules may be rubbish, we have just a wee few:

  1. Entries must be in the form of a long or short drink, not a shot, and be a minimum of 120ml (4oz)
  2. Recipes entered must be an original creation of the change maker (submitter) not a copy or imitation
  3. Any homemade ingredients must submit a full recipe with the entry (can be modified for public release if desired)
  4. This cocktail should highlight the attributes of the Deanston Virgin Oak
  5. Recipes must not exceed 5 ingredients, including drops, dashes, and foams. Garnishes, such as citrus zests, sprays, rinses, etc., do not count as an ingredient

The cocktail recipe, along with the changemaker nomination submission together will form the entire entry, which will be judged by a virtual panel.

Recipes will be scored based on the following criteria and weighting:

  1. Balance, flavor, aroma, and character (50% of score)
  2. Innovation and creativity of recipe (30% of score)
  3. Story or inspiration behind your recipe and cocktail name (20% of score)

Winners of the official campaign contest will be selected by an official Contest judging panel from all eligible submissions uploaded to the campaign web page https://deanstondifferenttartan.ca/enter during the CONTEST PERIOD.

Odds of winning the prize will depend on the number of entrants.

The five (5) finalists will be notified via email by September 6, 2024.

Prizes must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, assigned, substituted, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor. The Grand Prize will be awarded to one (1) winner, who will be selected from all eligible entries that meet the CONTEST ELIGBILITY and COCKTAIL SUBMISSION criteria.

* Specific to the Grand Prize winner and attendance at the foodism ICON awards, the Sponsor will provide either:

  • Local travel arrangements (only) will be made for Ontario-based winners, or
  • Economy return flight and (1) night hotel accommodation arrangements will be provided to the (1) winner from BC or Alberta, as applicable.

There is no equivalent cash value, and this prize/travel and accommodation is non-transferable.

Acceptance by each Winner to participate in the campaign activations and related publicity marketing campaigns will be required within 5 days from the date on which the invitation to participate has been sent. If the Sponsor does not receive a written reply within this deadline, the finalist/Winner will lose the right to participate in the contest and the first useful reserve candidate will be contacted. By confirming their participation in the campaign, winners give their consent to the publishing of content/photos/videos / images taken or provided in relation to the campaign. Winners give Sponsor the right to use (including for advertising purposes), modify, reproduce, disseminate, distribute, prepare derivative works, display, and disseminate in any format and through any channel the video(s) made, and photo(s) taken.

THIRD PARTIES: None of the Sponsor, its affiliates, associates and authorized retail distributors of Sponsor, Provincial Liquor Boards, or their respective agents or representatives, directors, officers, employees shall be responsible in any way for the use of or bear any liability whatsoever in any way attributable to a prize awarded in this Contest. None of the Provincial Liquor Boards are connected to this Contest in any manner whatsoever and are not liable in any way for any matter related to this Contest.

PRIVACY: Personal information collected from entrants will be used by the Sponsors for the purpose of administering this Contest and, if consent is given at the time of entry, to provide the entrants with marketing information relating to new and existing products and upcoming promotions of Deanston by mail or e-mail. Entrants may opt in to receiving such marketing information. The Sponsors will not sell, share, or otherwise disclose entrants’ personal information with or to third parties, other than third-party service providers engaged by them to fulfill the above purposes or as otherwise permitted or required by law. Entrants recognize that their personal information may be stored and/or processed outside Canada and, as such, it may be subject to foreign laws and it may be accessible to foreign governments, courts, law enforcement and regulatory agencies. By entering the Contest, entrants’ consent to the collection, use and disclosure of their personal information by the Sponsors, as set out in these Rules and as set out in the Privacy Policy of Deanston Distilleries located at https://deanstonmalt.com/pages/privacy-policy and the Privacy Policy of PMA Canada. If entrants have any questions regarding the Sponsors’ privacy policies and practices or those of their service-providers, or if entrants wish to request access to, or correction of, their personal information, you may email the Sponsors at info@pmacanada.com.


By accepting a prize, winners agree to the use of their name, address and/or photograph, without payment, in any subsequent publicity or advertising carried out by Sponsor and its affiliates.

Winners also agree no further compensation for the reproduction of the winners’ photography or likeness, including photographs, video and still images, will be provided beyond that stated in the Contest Rules and Regulations.

You hereby grant to the Sponsors, their agencies, media partners and Bartender Atlas a world-wide, irrevocable, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, non-exclusive, and unrestricted license to use, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, distribute, your image associated as a Contest Winner on or through PMA Canada owned Deanston websites, social accounts including Facebook and Instagram, and in the Bartender Atlas directory and website.

GENERAL CONDITIONS: The following conditions apply to this Contest:

All Entries become the property of the Sponsor(s). The Sponsor assumes no responsibility for lost, delayed, incomplete, incompatible, or misdirected Entries. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial, and municipal laws. The decisions of the Sponsor(s) with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of Entries and/or entrants.

Sponsor shall not be held responsible for any error or omission related to the printing or advertising of this Contest.

The Sponsor will not be liable for any failure of the website during the Contest; for any technical malfunction or other problems relating to the telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment or software; for the failure of any information to be provided by the Contest Parties for any reason including, but not limited to, technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website; or any combination of the above. Further, the Sponsor will not be liable for any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading any material in the Contest.

The Sponsor is hereby totally absolved of any responsibility for any damage or loss that could be directly or indirectly caused in part or in whole by uploading or downloading any software or information including the transmission of any information related to participating in the Contest.

By participating in this Contest, attempting to do so, or accepting the prize, all participants agree to release and hold harmless the Sponsor its affiliates, associates and authorized retail distributors of Sponsor, Provincial Liquor Boards, or their respective agents or representatives directors, officers, employees from any and all liability, including without limitation, for any loss, harm, damage, injury, cost or expense, personal injury and/or death, which may occur in connection with participant’s participation in the Contest, or possession, acceptance, participation and/or use or misuse of the prize and for any claims based on publicity rights, defamation or invasion of privacy. Sponsor is not responsible if the Contest cannot take place or if any element of the prize does not take place or cannot be awarded due to reasons outside of Sponsor’s control, including weather.

All entry ballots and videos become the property of Sponsor for any and all purposes and will not be returned. None of Sponsor, participating Provincial Liquor Boards, its affiliates, associates, and authorized retail distributors of Sponsor products will be responsible for entry ballots delayed, stolen, misdirected, lost or destroyed.

Sponsor retains the right, in its absolute discretion, to make substitutions of equivalent kind or value in the event of the unavailability of any component of the prizes for any reason whatsoever. The Grand Prize is not transferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash surrender value.

This Contest is subject to all Federal, Provincial and Municipal laws. Decisions of Sponsor are final with respect to all aspects of this Contest.

The right is reserved to withdraw or terminate this Contest at any time without prior notice.

Questions? Email info@deanstondifferenttartan.ca.

Please drink responsibly.

© Deanston 2024

The Deanston Old Fashioned


  • 30ml Deanston Virgin Oak whisky
  • Cube of brown sugar
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Splash of water
  • Ice
  • Orange twist to garnish


  1. Muddle the sugar and Angostura Bitters together in a glass with a splash of water
  2. Drop in some ice and the whisky and give it a good mix
  3. Add a squeeze of orange zest and twist to garnish