When it comes to attending events, I was one of the lucky ones to attend the Chivas 18, Crafted for the senses event held at the modern CIRCA gallery in Rosebank. The cream of Joburg’s social calendar attended and I got to rub shoulders with them as well as a selection of key influencers from the worlds of business, government, sport, the arts and entertainment.
On arrival, esteemed guests had to pass the Gatekeeper (aka the Blacksmith), who is also the Guardian of the Chivas 18 values and represented the Craftsman, an embodiment of the virtues of meticulous craft and the power and might of Chivas 18 and all it stands for. Upon entering, each guest was asked to hand over their Chivas brass coins, specially created for each guest upon invitation, to the Blacksmith, who then stamped the coin with the iconic Chivas Luckenbooth symbol to keep as a keepsake.
Inside CIRCA, we were treated to a feast for the senses. Limited edition Chivas 18 bottles were displayed on plinths surrounded by mirrors, to display the bottle’s multiple facets, and a commissioned Chivas Pininfarina ice sculpture wowed the audience.
First we were introduced to Chivas 18 Cocktails at a unique bar that was designed and crafted to look like the iconic Chivas Luckenbooth symbol. To further scintillate our taste buds, gourmet cuisine was served and consisted of variety of fine-dining dishes such as delicious poached prawns with fresh fried scallops and fresh pea tendrils.
Entertainment on the evening ranged from classic and contemporary sounds courtesy of the Muses, and later DJ Kenny took to the decks. Popular South African actor, Shona Ferguson, hosted the event as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies – a perfect fit for the event, as he is a true modern gentleman who embodies the values of the Chivas Regal brand.
A highlight of the evening was when guests were treated to a particularly special whisky discovery by Chivas Regal global brand ambassador Max Warner.
And to end an unforgettable event, guests left with a farewell gift in hand, consisting of a bottle of Chivas Regal 18, two glasses and a luxury cigar, to enjoy in the comfort of their homes with friends and family.
Chivas 18 is leading the Chivas Regal brand stable in taking the traditions, qualities and values of Chivas Regal, and applying them to a new generation of discerning whisky drinkers. Crafted by the creativity of master blender Colin Scott, Chivas 18 marries 85 flavour notes to create a unique whisky, both rich and complex in depth and flavour. Chivas 18 is intended to act as both a cerebral and sensory stimulation for the modern gentleman, reinforcing the complexity of this remarkable whisky.
If the objective of the event was to create a modern, luxurious experience that would emphasise the fact that this award-winning whisky is specifically crafted to indulge and please the senses, then the objective was definitely met.
Thank you Chivas for the ultimate sensory experience for a modern gentleman.