East Africa’s first luxury branded whiskey shop opens in Kampala


(Posted 21st June 2015)

Kampala, Uganda’s capital city, has over the past two decades developed in leaps and bounds. Housing has conquered hill after hill and the residents of the city have developed a healthy appetite for entertainment, fine dining – only last week did the first ever Kampala Restaurant Week end which was by any standard a massive success – and now fine drinks too, after Johnnie Walker opened shop at the Sheraton Kampala shopping arcade.

The official opening this week was performed by the Chairman of Uganda Breweries Dr. Alan Shonubi and the CEO of UBL Mr. Nyimpini Mabunda.

Ms. Annette Nakiyaga, the Luxury Brands Manager of Uganda Breweries, a Diageo Company, said on the occasion of the launch of East Africa’s first ever luxury store: ‘As a landmark embassy of fine Scotch whiskey, the House of Johnnie Walker store offers a truly world class experience, from private tastings with a whisky expert to a special bottle engraving service and a year-round Luxury Gifting delivery service. Together with our partners at Sheraton Kampala, we will now be able to make birthday celebrations twice as special. You can now order a personalized whisky bottle engraved with someone’s name as well as personalized cake from Temptations all delivered to the doorstep in true VIP style. Kampala’s discerning individuals also have the opportunity to become VVIP Blue Club Members, a pedigree that comes with exclusive benefits. Amongst others, VVIP members will be able to enjoy ultra-luxurious experiences like private closed store shopping experiences, a 24 hour personal home delivery service, exclusive invitations to private brand launches, priority booking for private tastings and bartender services for their private functions’.

Like your booze or be a tee-totaller, regardless, one has to acknowledge that Kampala has come of age and that the range of lifestyle and leisure services and options now available will disappoint no visitor, no matter from how far one comes and no matter if one comes for business, pleasure of both.