from Terrance Demons at Thursday, August 16, 2012
For the world rollers among us, including any aspiring modern gentleman - of the international breed or not, the road to developing a sincerely crafted use of etiquette has just as much importance as the ability of cultivating your perfect self. Putting aside all other "dandy-ish" mantras though, Chivas Regal recognizes the angst of this idea and their attempt to capture its essence is illustrated in their handbook The Gentlemen's Guide to Making a Toast. Without delving too much into company's bio (which can be followed up on here), their handbook underlines the commemoration of its ‘Real Friends, Make Time’ campaign - an all important guide for reference in upholding camaraderie with similarly minded friends. The guide includes illustrations from artist Dale Murray, who has acquired healthy renown for his contributions. The full rundown is below :)
Coming in at almost five pages, the handbook, for all ostensible purposes, doesn't seem to be quite as comprehensive as most. The hidden gems are all inside, however; it's appearance belies the true wealth of information that's to be had as you immediately peruse the internals. At it's outset, the guide details tips on international etiquette and specifically examines the toasting rituals for the major regions of the globe. Really, it's quite the read - I found myself fascinated with the eccentricities of Chinese drinking tradition and overall, I found my most personal identification with Italy's more rigorous offerings. As an extrovert, casually meeting eyes with dinner guests is mostly second-nature to me - this is a skill that the handbook defines as having roots in Italian tradition.
Readers will find solace in small, historical facts and tidbits that are peppered throughout. While they're brief in extent, they provide groundwork that accurately portrays the niceties that call for almost any occasion. Whether you happen to be a seasoned jetsetter needing a quick refresher or if you happen to be on your first international sojourn, Chivas Regal's guide makes for an astonishingly invaluable read. Cheers!
SOURCE: CHIVAS REGAL