Craig attends an evening with Whisky brand Chivas Regal and learns about their plans to bring back ‘The Blend’ bar to London’s Shoreditch
Back by popular demand, Whisky brand: Chivas Regal‘s cool and classy venue, The Blend, is soon to make a welcome return. To celebrate this, the guys from Chivas Regal hosted an evening at Searcy’s at the Gherkin to share the news and to teach us how to create our own personal whisky blend.
As we tasted, mixed and blended, we learned all about Chivas Regal, their whiskies and about The Blend, a place that offers you the opportunity to hone your own skills at whisky blending, creating your very own bespoke blend.
The space will open it’s doors on 2nd October in the heart of London’s trendy Shoreditch at 133 Bethnal Green Road during London Cocktail Week . Pop in and enjoy the bar, have a finger or two of the Chivas Regal 18. Sit and soak up the atmosphere, or take part in your own 45 minute ‘Art of Blending’ experience, hosted by Chivas Regal experts.
During your ‘Art of Blending’ experience you will discover the heritage and history of premium whisky. You’ll learn about the origins of the single malt grain whiskies, and sample different malts. Just as in our session, you’ll have the choice of different flavours to add to your grain, such as creamy, smoky, fruity and citrus. Adding different amounts of these to the grain whisky produces very different blends, and you have the ability to create one that is perfect for you, and all in a beautiful setting.
The space itself is styled in the theme of the famous Manhattan whisky bars. Perfect for an after work drink at the bar, or a longer evening sipping exclusive cocktails, which includes the Chivas Regal ‘Ice Breaker’ using five flavoured with pineapple, watermelon, orange or coconut to personalise your Chivas Sour.
Music makes any venue better right? so The Blend will host a super cool DJ programme to liven up the atmosphere or help you chill out. You’ll also be able to enjoy some bespoke art installations when you visit. And if you get hungry there will be food courtesy of collaborations between The Blend and local food vendors.
The Blend is open to anyone, whether you class yourself as a whisky connoisseur or if you’re a complete beginner who wants to learn more about it. The team will help you on your way and give you all the information you need to make your own #MyChivasBlend, just like I did.
And I’ll also let you into a little secret! After we blended our personal whiskies, they were all tasted by the Chivas Regal team, and a prize was awarded for the best blend. Want to take a guess who won? You got it! Yours truly! And I got to take home a wonderful bottle of Chivas Regal 18 for my efforts, along with my very own bespoke winning Badger Blend of course!
First release tickets for a 45 minute ‘Art of Blending’ experience starts at just £20 for two. Click the button below to book now to avoid disappointment, and when you attend, please post a picture to your social media channels and tag @ChivasRegalUK using #MyChivasBlend to get noticed.
So while you do that I’m going to turn down the lights, put on some Miles Davis and pour myself a large Chivas Regal 18. Cheers!