In celebration of the 550th anniversary of the first ever known batch of whiskey ever produced, Chivas Regal is hosting a pop-up Gentleman’s Lounge at the Park Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge. The Gentleman’s Lounge will be offering exclusive experiences associated with the classic British gent; including whiskey blending, shoe shining, cigars and an exclusive cocktail and dinner menu.
I headed down to the Hyde Bar for an evening of whiskey-fuelled fun for insight into what the Gentleman’s lounge has in store for the next few weeks.
The evening began with a whiskey master class by drink aficionado Liam Scandrett from The Drinkologists…and of course a bit of tasting in the process.
Liam explained the subtle differences between the Chivas Regal 12, 18 and 25 year old scotch whiskeys and the ageing process. The Hyde bar will be running whiskey blending courses as part of the pop-up.
Chivas 12 years old profile
Radiant, warm amber colour. Aromatic fragrance of an infusion of wild herbs, heather, honey and orchard fruits. A round, creamy flavour with a full, rich taste of honey, ripe apples, vanilla, butterscotch and hazelnut, which a rich, lingering finish.
Chivas 18 year old profile
Intense, dark amber colour. Multi-layered aromas of dried fruits spice and butter toffee. Exceptionally rich and velvety smooth flavour, with dark chocolate, elegant floral notes and a hint of sweet mellow smokiness. Magnificently long and warm finish.
Chivas 25 year old profile
Deep golden copper in colour. Enchanting aromas of sweet orange and peach, followed by notes of marzipan and nuts. Flavours of rich milk chocolate orange and fondant creaminess. Smooth, rounded and luxuriously long finish.
Although I’ve never been a big whiskey fan, I was highly impressed at how palatable and complex the flavours of the Chival Regal whiskeys were. Even neat, the whiskeys are remarkably smooth and drinkable. It’s something to savour in order to appreciate the intricate flavours.
The Chivas 12 year old was stand out in the fact that it has a prominent apple flavour running through it, which is as a result of the wood selected for the whiskey barrels for the ageing process. However the Chivas 25 year old stole the show. It’s delightful – something I never thought I would say about a whiskey. At a cool £250 a bottle, it’s a pretty special drink, not to mention the fact that it’s older than I am!
Luckily, ladies are also welcomed to the Gentleman’s Lounge…top hats optional!
The mixologists had created three Chivas Regal whiskey cocktails including a Chivas Sour, Passion Sour and Grape sour. I tried them all (for research purposes of course) and they are divine, particularly the passion sour ; it’s great if you enjoy a fruity cocktail like moi.
An exclusive menu has also been created for the Chivas Regal Gentleman’s Lounge pop-up by Executive Chef Pascal Proyart, which will be served daily from 12PM. The menu features hearty, classic dishes that utilise the Chivas scotch whiskies.
The Chival Regal Gentleman’s Lounge also features a pop-up shoe shine service on the 2nd, 9th and 16th of June by London Shoeshine – the city’s oldest shoe shine company. Allow me to introduce Jock Kennedy, the director. This guy makes the shoe shine experience with his banter alone. If you’ve never had your shoes shined before then I recommend giving it a try, if just for the experience. I love that the age old custom of having your shoes shined is being kept well and truly alive by by London Shoeshine.
As if we hadn’t already covered all the traditional gentleman’s stereotypes, there will also be Cigars by Havana Cigar Exchange available in The Hyde Bar’s humidor. The Hyde Bar features its own cigar terrace making it the great option for those who enjoy a good cigar.
The Chivas Regal Gentleman’s Lounge will be at the Hyde Bar at the Park Tower Hotel, Knightsbridge until the June 21th. For all the London chaps out there, The Gentleman’s lounge is a great place to enjoy some traditional gentlemanly customs…and of course ladies we are obviously welcome along to enjoy the lounge. It’s good fun and well worth experiencing for yourself while it’s here.