On December 3, 2015, the famed Scottish distillery, Glenmorangie, announced that they will collaborate with His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco to create a special whiskey bearing the sovereign prince’s name. Proceeds from the sale of the whiskey will be donated to various environmental causes.
Per a press release:
“The rare, single-cask whisky, bottled in his honour, will support environmental conservation, a cause dear to the Prince and echoed by Glenmorangie and La Maison D’Ecosse.
In June, His Serene Highness Prince Albert visited Glenmorangie’s Highland home, to explore the unseen lengths to which Glenmorangie goes in the creation of its unnecessarily well-made whisky. There, on the shores of the Dornoch Firth, 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.
Dr Bill said, ‘The beautiful, pale gold whisky we chose was matured in an ex-bourbon cask for 12 years. Reflecting nature’s gifts in its notes of heather, honey, bananas, peaches and lime, the bottling epitomises the Prince and Glenmorangie’s combined passion for single malt and the natural world.’
Adorned with the coat of arms of the Prince’s House of Grimaldi, just 180 bottles will be created. The first two will be auctioned at the Monte Carlo Whisky Society’s annual festival in December, to raise money for the Prince’s environmental charity, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, and for Glenmorangie’s partner, the Marine Conservation Society (MCS). The remaining bottles will be used to support the ongoing work of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco said, ‘I have a deep-rooted connection to Scotland through my Scottish great-great grandmother and during a recent visit to the Glemorangie Distillery, was delighted to select a rare single cask to be bottled in aid of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, which promotes sustainable development and protection of the environment. I am delighted that Glenmorangie also shares a similar commitment.’”