While up in Jozi doing a road show, we were lucky enough to be invited to the launch of a new Dunhill fragrance held in the fancy pants Circle Bar at the Rosebank hotel.
The new eau de toilette, Dunhill Custom, is a fresh-smelling blend that includes a apple topnote, a black pepper heart and woody base.
We all got to give it a good sniff before being treated to a whiskey tasting, just the kind of tres elegante passtime the Dunhill Custom man would appreciate.
Must say, I’m really not a whiskey fan. Despite loving the way it smells – it reminds me of my grandpa – I’ve always found its taste to be totally miffalicious. Thankfully, our ‘guide’, Chivas amabassador Zuki Ndungane, was serious eye candy.
Got merrily hypnotised by his seriyas charm while he babbled on about barrels and blends, so I didn’t mind sipping on le whiskey in the least. (Apparently it was super-old and v. v. exclusive and the marketing boy’s I’d flown up with were totally disgusted at how its fabulousness was totally wasted on me. Hee hee… )
Anyhoo, getting back to Dunhill Custom… the bottle boasts a beautiful silver cap that you can ‘customise’ with an engraving of your choice. Nice. It hits the shelf on the 1st of June – just in time for Father’s Day. Will sure to write more about it closer to the time…
Until then, let me leave you with this fascinating little nugget – in order for Scotch whiskey to be called just that, it needs to have been made from malted barley, water and yeast and have matured in oak barrells for at least 3 years. (Chivas uses American and European white oak…)