The Monte Carlo Whisky Conference 2016
under the patronage and in the presence of
HSH PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO
Honorary President of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society
Keeper of the Quaich
Thursday 3rd November 2016
Oceanographic Museum, Monaco-Ville
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Now in its 5th year, the Monte Carlo Whisky Conference is fast becoming one of the most prestigious events in the international whisky calendar.
Hosted by the Monte Carlo Whisky Society in partnership with the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, Charles Maclean chairs the panel of the world’s leading whisky experts.
This year the focus turns toward the Glenrothes. Ronnie Cox, brand ambassador of Glenrothes and Berry Bros & Rudd, who will be our key presenter.
Conference Programme for Thursday 3rd November
Hotel Metropole, Conference Tasting Room
Monte Carlo Whisky Conference
“Invest, Collect or Drink?”
under the patronage of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco
Oceanographic Museum, Conference room
Seated by 17h30
Mr. Roberto Calcagno
Prince Albert Foundation of Monaco
HSH PRINCE ALBERT II OF MONACO
Honorary President of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society and Keeper of the Quaich
The Panel of Experts
Charles Maclean, Patron of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society
Mr. Ronnie Cox The Glenrothes
Dr Bill Lumsden Glenmorangie
Dr Sam Simmons The Balvenie
plus a Mystery Distillery
Auction of Glenrothes Limited Edition Bottling
The Dow’s 24 year Rare Single Cask
The Grimaldi Collection Release No. 2
Presented by Anita Di Sotto, Ronnie Cox and the Huissier(Official Auctioneer)
Bottle No. 1 to be auctioned in aid of the Prince Albert Foundation
Bottle No. 2 to be auctioned in aid of a nominated Scottish Foundation
Bottles Nos. 3 to 10 to be auctioned for private sale
Whisky Master Class with the Experts
Debate – “Invest, Collect or Drink”
Closing speech by
The Right Honourable Alex Salmond MP
Honorary Vice-President of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society
and Keeper of the Quaich
Monte Carlo Whisky Conference 2015
At last year’s Monte Carlo Whisky Conference in December, a rare Glenmorangie single-cask whisky bottled in honour of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, raised €25,000 for environmental charities at the Monte Carlo Whisky Conference auction.
The auction took place on 3 December, in Monaco’s Oceanographic Museum – a location which echoes the environmental interests of the Prince’s foundation. The ﬁrst bottle raised €17,000 for the Foundation, Dr Mark Kauffman, made the winning bid and gifted the bottle to Prince Albert. The second bottle, auctioned for the Marine Conservation Society, raised €8,000, thanks to the generosity of Prince Albert.
Created in collaboration with His Serene Highness, who is the Honorary President of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society, only 180 bottles of this exclusive Glenmorangie single malt exist.
This is the first time that the Prince has worked with a distillery to select a single malt that will bear his name. In June, His Serene Highness visited Glenmorangie’s Scottish Highland home to explore the creation of its unnecessarily well-made whisky. There, the Prince – a renowned connoisseur of single malts – selected a single cask with the guidance of Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Director of Distilling and Whisky Creation.
Dario Di Sotto, President of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society, said: “The Monte Carlo Whisky Conference is an annual highlight for connoisseurs of whisky – and this year we are so pleased to have raised funds for these charities and the valuable work they do, through this exclusive Glenmorangie bottling.”
Monte Carlo Whisky Conference 2014
In the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, the Monte Carlo Whisky Conference took place in Monaco on the
21st November 2014 at the Oceanographic Museum.
The Panel of Experts under the chairmanship of Charles MacLean, patron of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society, included:
Campbell Evans – Scotch Whisky Association
Brian Nation – The Midleton Distillery
Fergus Luckyn-Malone – Dewars (Craigellachie and Aberfeldy)
The panel discussed the topic ‘The Flavour of Whisky’
- The contribution made by the raw materials from which whisky is made (barley, wheat, water and yeast);
- Flavours developed during the production process (malting, fermenting, distilling, and condensing);
- Flavours developed during maturation (the role of wood, climate, location, time).
Charles MacLean presented five exceptional whiskies to be tasted and examined, with reference to Charles MacLean’s new ‘Flavour Wheel’, which was launched at the Conference.
Finally, Campbell Evans of the Scotch Whisky Association presented a discussion on “Current market trends of the whisky industry”.
Monte Carlo Whisky Conference 2013
Collectors, Investors and Connoisseurs of the finest whiskies were invited to gather in the Principality of Monaco, 29th November – 1st December 2013, for The Monte Carlo Whisky Conference, the world’s most exclusive whisky event showcasing the rarest whiskies. Fifty golden ticket holders gained unprecedented access to leading whisky experts and to some of the finest collectable whiskies with a total value of €500,000.
Anita Di Sotto of La Maison D’Ecosse, co-founder of the Monte Carlo Whisky Conference, along with the Monte Carlo Whisky Society, said that the event had been created in response to the enormous interest in prestige whiskies. “The growth in demand of super premium malts and blends in the last few years has been phenomenal and we felt that the time was right to create an event that responded to this interest and that Monte Carlo provided the perfect setting for this exclusive gathering”.
Charles MacLean, Whisky Consultant, author and Master of the Quaich, is Patron of the Monte Carlo Whisky Society. He said that The Monte Carlo Whisky Conference was not like other whisky shows. “It is shamelessly exclusive! It was led by five of the most experienced blenders and best respected brand ambassadors at the absolute top of their trade. They brought whiskies that you would never have a chance to taste anywhere else because they were either so expensive or already sold out.” MacLean said that the weekend promised to be relaxed and great fun. “The gloves were off with no formalities. There was a lot of banter between the experts with unprecedented access to them, given the intimacy of the event.”
There was a special focus on whisky as an investment. David Robertson who founded The Whisky Trading Co Ltd, the world’s first Whisky Investment business, hosted a seminar on whisky investment entitled ‘Liquid Gold or Lead Balloon?’ A former Master Distiller, Robertson said, “The opportunity to share thoughts, ideas and insights on the rare whisky market with like-minded connoisseurs, experts, aficionados, collectors and investors was not to be missed.” Robertson also hosted a Master Class Tasting entitled ‘Rarest of the Rare’. A journey back in time to taste some pre-WWII distilled whiskies including Mortlach 1936 35-year-old, Strathisla 1937 35-year-old and Glenlivet 1938 35-year-old.
The experts presented some extremely rare and precious malts at their individual master classes; Dr Bill Lumsden, Global Brand Ambassador of the Glenmorangie Group; Dr Sam Simmons, Global Brand Ambassador, The Balvenie; Ronnie Cox, Global Brand Ambassador, The Glenrothes and Richard Paterson, Master Blender, The Dalmore. Paterson hosted a pre-conference whisky tasting of The Dalmore Constellation in Monte Carlo on 1st October 2013. “It was the most exclusive and expensive tasting of The Dalmore ever,” said Paterson who explained that the total value of the four single malts tasted at the event was €47,000.
In addition to the Master Classes, seminars at The Monte Carlo Whisky Conference examined topics such as whisky investing, future market trends and whisky flavour and its origin. An Experts Lunch was hosted by Charles MacLean, whilst the Whisky Confessionals granted private one-to-ones with the experts. One of the highlights of the conference was an auction of rare collectable whisky in aid of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
Cultural events throughout the 3-day conference included a private viewing of the uncut version of the Ken Loach film “The Angel’s Share”, music with Scottish performers, kilts by Howie Nicholsby and the unveiling of a specially commissioned painting by Spencer Hodge.
The event concluded with the St Andrew’s Gala Banquet in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco in the Salle Belle Époque of the Hotel Hermitage, Monaco. It featured a gastronomic menu devised by three stellar chefs; Joel Garault, Michelin Star Chef of the Hotel Hermitage, Monaco; Michael Smith, Head Chef at the Three Chimneys, Scotland and Christian Garcia, Head Chef of Palais Princier, Monaco.
“It is truly remarkable how passionate whisky consumers have become,” said Charles MacLean. “It is a wonderful industry to be involved in and that passion and joy will ensure that The Monte Carlo Whisky Conference will be great fun.”