Press Release by Charles Maclean, Patron of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society

The Monte Carlo Whisky Festival has become the world’s most exclusive whisky event
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11 September 2016

It is no vain boast to claim that the Monte Carlo Whisky Festival has become the world’s most exclusive whisky event.
Now in its fifth year, the Festival will be opened by H.S.H. Prince Albert II at the Whisky Conference in the Oceanographic Museum, followed by an auction of the 2nd release of the “Grimaldi Collection”, the Glenrothes “Dow’s” 24 year old Speyside Single Malt Whisky introduced by Mr. Ronnie Cox, Global Brand Ambassador of the Glenrothes.
This whisky was drawn from a single cask personally selected by H.S.H. Prince Albert. The “Dow’s” will be one of the five exceptional whiskies tasted during the Conference.
The aim of the “Grimaldi Collection” is to raise 1 Million euros for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation by the year 2021.

The theme of this year’s Conference is “Invest, Collect or Drink?”. I will chair the discussion, which will be addressed by five of the Scotch whisky industry’s leading figures: the aforesaid Mr. Ronnie Cox, Dr. Bill Lumsden (Director of Flavour Creation at The Glenmorangie Company), Dr. Sam Simmons (Global Ambassador of The Balvenie) and Dr. Jonny McCormack (author of the Whisky Magazine Auction Index). It promises to be a lively debate.

During the Festival you can meet the experts and attend their master-classes in the dedicated Tasting Room, within the Hotel Metropole, where La Maison D’Ecosse will also be selling exclusive and rare expressions of Single Malt Scotch Whisky. The program proposed in the Tasting Room has something for everyone. Master-classes, book signings, food pairings, and of course the chance to sample the Conference whiskies.

The Highlight of the festival is the annual St. Andrews Gala Banquet which this year will be held in the Yacht Club of Monaco, in the presence of H.S.H. Prince Albert. The Gala Banquet menu is a collaboration of four award-winning chefs: designed by Chef Christian Garcia (the Prince’s Palace) and Chef David Graham (Lews Castle), inspired from the tasting notes of the Glenrothes whisky by Martine Nouet and executed by Chef Christian Plumail (Yacht Club of Monaco). Each dish will be complemented by expressions of The Glenrothes. An organoleptic experience!

Among the distinguished guests will be the Right Hon. Alex Salmond MP, who has agreed to address the Haggis.

Once again, this year’s Festival has been master-minded by Anita Di Sotto of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society, “The Tartan Tornado”.

If past Festivals are anything to go by, this year’s will be lively, stimulating and, above all, fun. I do hope you will join me.

Charles MacLean
Master of the Quaich
Patron of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society


About His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco:

His Serene Highness Prince Albert’s connection to Scotland can be traced back to his Scottish great-great grandmother, Lady Mary Victoria Hamilton (1850-1922) – daughter of the 11th Duke of Hamilton – who married Prince Albert I (r.1889-1922). This Scottish ancestry helps to inform the Prince’s interest in the whisky industry. The Prince, who this year celebrates the tenth anniversary of his reign, is renowned as a connoisseur of single malts, and is the Honorary President of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society. In 2015, the Prince was made an Honorary Keeper of the Quaich – joining an exclusive, international community recognised for their outstanding commitment to whisky.

About the Prince Albert of Monaco II Foundation:

In 2006, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco decided to establish his Foundation to address the planet’s alarming environmental situation. The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development on a global scale. The Foundation supports initiatives of public and private organisations, in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially aware practices.

About the Monte Carlo Whisky Society:

The Society, founded in 2012, aims to promote Scottish heritage and culture through the appreciation of fine whisky. The Society holds an annual festival and conference sponsored and organised by Anita Di Sotto, owner of La Maison D’Ecosse.

Responsible Drinking:

The Monte Carlo Whisky Society, La Maison D’Ecosse and the Glenrothes advocate responsible drinking and suggest that drinkers savour whisky in moderation and in line with recommended daily guidelines for alcohol consumption.
Contact Details:

Anita Di Sotto
Tel: +33 (0)6 43 91 27 00