Chivas Brothers has unveiled the seventh release from its Cellar Collection for the distillery's flagship malt whisky, The Glenlivet, with the issue of a 1969 vintage.

The new vintage follows on from a string of Cellar Collection single malts introduced since 1999 by Pernod Ricard-owned Chivas. Last year's release from the collection was The Glenlivet 1972 vintage.

Chivas said yesterday (8 November) that The Glenlivet is currently the world's number two premium single malt whisky brand and the number one malt in the US. The Glenlivet Cellar Collection 1969 is bottled at natural cask strength of 50.8% abv and is now available worldwide, retailing at US$700.

"In a fragmented category, The Glenlivet offers a comprehensive and differentiated range to maintain good on shelf visibility and this latest Cellar Collection release is the perfect complement to that range in the super premium category," said Chivas' brand director for single malt whiskies, Neil Macdonald.

Earlier this week (7 November), Chivas announced the global launch of a series of Christmas gift ideas for its range of Scotch whisky brands, including The Glenlivet, Chivas Regal and Ballantine's.