It’s not often that you get to attend events in London that are out of the ordinary and a feast for all senses. Well, that is exactly what I experienced at Coya’s Senses Masterclass.
Coya is a restaurant and bar located right in the middle of Mayfair, with stunning interiors and serving modern-Peruvian cuisine. I first came here a few years ago and absolutely loved the food and atmosphere; delicious and buzzing. You can read about it here.
They kindly invited me to their Senses Masterclass earlier last week, along with the British leather brand, Pickett, Cuban cigar company, Sautter, the British perfumer, Creed, and Coya’s own new whiskey creation.
The theme of the evening revolved around leather and was in collaboration with Argentine artist, Amrita Bilimoria and her photography exhibition, Raw Hide, which is currently being presented at Coya till the 1st of September.
I was welcomed by the lovely staff at Coya and taken to a private area with all the leather-inspired goods on display to touch, taste and smell before the masterclass officially began.
Trevor Pickett began with an introduction of his luxury leather brand which he started back in 1988. A firm advocate of the British leather goods industry, all products at Pickett are still made from start to finish in England, working with small specialist workshops and individual craftsmen.
We were then taken through the history and heritage of the British perfumer, Creed. It was interesting to hear that they still use the most pure and rare ingredients and still follow the same methods of producing their fragrances as they did when they first began. Fans of the brand span across royalty and global aristocrats. Their fragrances are definitely for those that like to make an entrance and be seen!
The sense of taste came next, with Coya introducing us to their new whiskey infused with leather. It had an incredibly sweet, almost caramel-like smell but tasted like good old whiskey with a hint of musk, a little peppery.
Last but not least, we were treated to cigars from the Cuban brand, Sautter and learned about the cigar making process, how to best enjoy a cigar and the fact that you can even pair your food and drinks with your cigar (champagne actually complements cigars the best, in case you were curious!).
Overly excited, we all ventured out the the beautiful garden adjascent to Coya’s private area to get a taste of Cuba’s best. Now, I’m not a smoker but it was definitely interesting to get to try one for myself. Incredibly woody and fragrant, the flavour of which intensifies as you get towards the end of the cigar. Rule number one, never stop smoking your cigar halfway as it will completely air out all of the flavour by the time you light it again. Rule number two, keep at least half an hour to an hour aside to properly enjoy a cigar!
Definitely a feast for all senses, this was one of the most unique events I have ever had the pleasure of attending!
Coya is located in Mayfair and the closest tube stations are Green Park and Hyde Park Corner. You can find out more information about the restaurant and other exciting events that they regularly host, here.
I was invited as a guest of Coya.
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