Clavis Whisky Bar
Trump International celebrated World Whisky Day 2017 in May with the opening of a new Whisky Bar located within its five-star hotel – MacLeod House & Lodge – at Menie Estate, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
The new space, known as Clavis Whisky Bar, features an extensive selection of Scottish and International malt whiskies carefully selected from the world’s leading producers. Rare and highly sought after releases sit alongside well-known favourites and traditional Scottish brands giving guests a unique choice of liquors to sample and savour. Trump International worked with industry experts including family-owned Scotch whisky specialist Gordon & MacPhail, curating this exemplary collection.
The bar’s new design was overseen by Covell Matthews Architects. Fiona Adam and Kim Simpson from the practice spoke to Premier Hospitality. Kim began:
“We’ve worked with Trump International for a few years now and have a long standing relationship with them.
“They were looking for a whisky bar that was going to be quite unique and in line with the Trump aesthetic. They didn’t want something that was like any other whisky bar. We wanted to bring in the opulence of the Trump brand and create a special destination that people would want to visit. At the same time it had to be an authentic and traditional space.”
“We have fantastic illuminated whisky display boxes that highlight the product, which ultimately is one of the most important parts of the bar. As soon as you enter the space, your eyes are drawn to the display boxes which help highlight the rich colours of the actual whisky. The rest of the lighting is kept quite low to help create the intimate atmosphere you associated with a whisky bar.”
The Whisky Bar is open throughout the year and has already proved to be a popular addition to the hotel, with Fiona expanding:
“The feedback so far has been great and the bar has been really well received. The client has got what they wanted and we’re really pleased with how it has turned out.”
“Obviously it’s great to work for such a high profile name but from a professional standpoint this was also a really fun project to work on. We were able to get into the nitty-gritty of the design work and it was interesting to look at the unique elements involved in creating a whisky bar.”