Celebrating the rich and diverse legacy of Scotch Whisky, the highly prestigious ‘The Keepers of the Quaich’ society inaugurated its Indian Chapter on December 10, 2018 at The Leela Palace in Udaipur. The exclusive celebratory dinner saw the presence of selected members of the society, leaders from the Scotch Whisky industry and esteemed guests.
Founded by leading distillers , the Keepers of the Quaich is an exclusive and international society that recognizes people who have shown outstanding commitment to the Scotch Whisky industry. The Indian chapter is the 8th international chapter, joining markets such as Germany, Australia, the Netherlands and the Nordics.
The grand celebration saw an impressive guest list including His Grace the Duke of Argyll, Captain Maharaj Raghav Raj Singh Udaipur of Udaipur, Rani Shelja Singh of Udaipur and Suket Singhal. Representing the leadership of the Keepers of the Quaich was Peter Prentice, who presented James Pennefather, newly appointed Chairman of the Indian Chapter and Managing Director of William Grant & Sons India, with a ceremonial Quaich. Fellow committee members of the new Indian Chapter in attendance were Rajiv Kaul, President of the Leela Hotels and Guillaume Girard-Reydet, Managing Director of Pernod Ricard India.
The distinguished guests enjoyedaward-winning whiskies including Glenfiddich 21-year-old, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Royal Salute and Grant’s Distinction. Paired beautifully with each of the three courses at dinner the whisky variants complemented the flavours and enhanced the guests’ experience. Guests also appreciated the evening’s entertainment by renowned Scottish bagpiper Laura Mennie and Rajasthani performers.
James Pennefather, Chairman of the Indian Chapter and Managing Director, William Grant & Sons India said, “It is testimony to the potential of the Indian market combined with the efforts of so many Scotch Whisky pioneers here over the years that India has now been chosen to establish its own Chapter of the Keepers of the Quaich. As well as being a magnificent celebration, tonight is a clear statement of intent by the Scotch Whisky industry that India will remain a key focus for our fabulous spirit.”