Jamaican rum distiller Appleton Estate is to launch a print campaign in the US aimed at attracting premium Scotch and whisky drinkers.

Carrying the tagline 'Sip Up', the print campaign breaks in the June issue magazines such as Men's Journal, GQ, Esquire, Out, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, Robb Report and Wired.

"We've seen a heightened consumer demand for a more flavourful and complex taste experience, which plays perfectly to our Appleton Estate distilled rums," said John Pennacchio, director of spirits at Kobrand Corporation.

"We feel this campaign serves notice to Scotch, whisky and other drinkers that rum - and Appleton Estate Rum in particular - is as sophisticated as those classic entities."

One ad says: "Looking for a good Scotch? May we suggest a rum." Another declares: "It spent 12 years in a barrel. The last thing it wants to see is the inside of a blender."

In addition to magazine print ads, the campaign will also include out-of-home ads, internet advertising and interactive digital elements. Television commercials are being considered for 2010.