Beam Global Spirits & Wine has launched a new Cognac to its Courvoisier brand in the US.

The company said today (3 September) that its mixable Cognac, Courvoisier Exclusif, will enter the super-premium VSOP category and compete with vodkas and other base spirits in cocktails.

Courvoisier Exclusif, a blend of well-matured Grande and Petite Champagne, Fin Bois and Borderies, was first introduced in Asia before being launched in the UK, and will be available across the US from mid-September.

Courvoisier brand manager Mary Therese Williams said: "We have been fascinated by the exponential growth in super-premium VSOP Cognacs, the fastest growing segment within the category. Diverse enough to be enjoyed in cocktails as well as neat, Exclusif offers today's luxury-seeking consumers an unparalleled cognac, positioning it as a leader in the super-premium spirits category."

As part of the launch, Courvoisier brand ambassador and radio personality, Big Tigger, will join Courvoisier diplomats, in on- and off-trade events and tastings in Miami, Atlanta, New York, Washington, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, and Detroit.

Beam plans to run consumer print advertising from October and national print advertising in the New Year, as well as introduce branded merchandise, posters and displays to support the brand.

Exclusif will be available in 50ml, 200ml, 750ml and 1 litre bottles, with the 750ml retailing at US$50.