Ivan Ivanov, a 28-year old lifeguard from Svishtov Bulgaria, has won a global Bushmills Irish Whiskey competition with a prize described as 'the whiskey lover's ultimate dream'.
Ivan was chosen from finalists from nine countries as the winner of the Make it at Bushmills challenge at a gala dinner in the village of Bushmills on Ireland's north coast. The historic area has a history of whiskey production stretching back more than 400 years.
He will now spend 30 days working alongside Bushmills' Master Distiller Colum Egan with the aim of becoming the first ever person outside the distillery to create their own blend of one of the world's best-loved Irish whiskeys. Their prize also includes a month's luxury penthouse accommodation in Ireland and £5,000 spending money.
Make it at Bushmills has attracted interest from around the globe since its launch in the New York Stock Exchange on St Patrick's day on March 17. The nine finalists from Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, Northern Ireland, South Africa, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Bulgaria were chosen by public vote to represent their countries in this week's two-day 'Bushcamp' finale, set by Bushmills' Master Distiller, Colum Egan.