WHISKEY TOUR

Uhuru samples the Johnnie Walker Prince Street in Edinburgh

The tour terminated at the 1820 Rooftop Bar which overlooks Edinburgh Castle.

In Summary

• While addressing the participants, Uhuru mentioned as he laughed that he was "happy to be here... especially that I get to be in this building."

• The facility has a guided tour of tasting experiences with different flavours on the various floors.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with UK State Secretary for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Diageo's Global Supply Chain & Procurement and Chief Sustainability Officer Ewan Andrew at the rooftop of Johnnie Walker Princes Street in Edinburgh.
President Uhuru Kenyatta with UK State Secretary for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Diageo's Global Supply Chain & Procurement and Chief Sustainability Officer Ewan Andrew at the rooftop of Johnnie Walker Princes Street in Edinburgh.

President Uhuru Kenyatta took time away from climate change meetings to take a tour of the famous Johnnie Walker Princes Street in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The President was in Edinburgh for a meeting organised by Diageo with the Scottish Africa Business Association at the premises.

While addressing the participants, Uhuru mentioned as he laughed that he was "happy to be here... especially that I get to be in this building."

The tour which followed the meeting with the businesspeople terminated at the 1820 Rooftop Bar which overlooks Edinburgh Castle. 

Here, the President took a photo with a life-size statue of 'Johnnie Walker" and was gifted a limited blue label edition of the whisky.

The facility located on the corner of Princes Street and Hope Street has a guided tour of tasting experiences with different flavours on the various floors.

Whether you are a whisky connoisseur and a novice, the experiential store has enough staff to give you expert advice.

Johnnie Walker’s Journey of Flavours comprises a full-sensory tour and drinks at a cost of £25 (Sh3,800).

It has a full-sensory, 90-minute tour of Johnnie Walker Princes Street led by an expert guide.

You get to take three whisky drinks, tailored to your flavour preferences which are computer-generated after you answer 7 questions on a tablet when you get your ticket.

You are given a coloured band that matches your flavour preferences.

For instance, if you get a green band, this means you are into fresh flavours and would then qualify for drinks with flavours such as cut grass, banana, pear, white flower and rose (green).

Other categories include smoky, creamy, spicy and fruity. The tablet determins your flavour by asking you questions such as how often you eat bananas or when you love having your pinacolada. 

Other than getting discounts on the bottles available on the retail floor, you can also bottle your own exclusive liquid in the custom studio.

The facility also offers customers an opportunity to customise their bottles with engraving and a bespoke label printing service.