Dunhill Custom cologne launch

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

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.

circle bar rosebank
See those beaded curtains? They encircle little groups of couches and coffee tables, so you feel like you’re in your own private ‘room’.

The new eau de toilette, Dunhill Custom, is a fresh-smelling blend that includes a apple topnote, a black pepper heart and woody base.

dunhill custom
Dunhill Custom Cologne

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.

Gorgeous, right? He says he’ll be happy to fly down to Slaapstadt for private parties… 

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… )

whiskey tasting
One of these guys is thirteen years old, but I’ve forgotten which. Lucky number 3?

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…)


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Leigh van den Berg is a freelance beauty writer and avid blogger (LipGlossIsMyLife.com). She's addicted to all things glossy and glam and currently has eight MAC lipglosses rolling around in her handbag.

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