As we sit in Diageo’s sprawling office bar, a man approaches us.
He is of average height and build, with sandy brown hair and tall, confident poise. His manner is warm and he has a genial smile on his face, despite the clear signs of jet lag.
The man extends his hand and speaks in soft Spanish accented English as he introduces himself as David Rios. We know who he is, of course. In 2013, after months of grueling competition, he was crowned Diageo Reserve World Class Bartender of The Year. That puts him in a rather exclusive club: one of the best bartenders in the world.
David is in town for the Singapore launch of the Tanqueray Rangpur, as it turns out.