Henry Besant dies aged 40

15 March, 2013
Henry Besant

Henry Besant

Leading drinks industry figure Henry Besant died in hospital yesterday following a heart attack.

Besant, who passed away aged 40 having been admitted to hospital two weeks ago, was known as one of the UK’s best bartenders and for his work in the global promotion of the tequila category.

Alongside fellow bartender and tequila authority, Dre Masso, Besant co-founded Olmeca Altos tequila and the Tahona Society – a global network of bartenders formed in recognition and celebration of tequila.           

Besant had worked closely with Drinks International magazine both as a judge on the International Spirits Challenge tequila panel and as an academy member of The World’s 50 Best Bars.

Respected for his work and passion, and liked as a man, the drinks industry mourns his passing. 





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