Chivas Brothers is targeting the super-premium malt whisky category with the launch of Longmorn 16-year-old.

The whisky and gin arm of Pernod Ricard  yesterday (1 March) unveiled Longmorn 16 Year Old. The single malt replaces the existing 15-year-old and will be available internationally. 

"Single malt whisky's reputation and prestige have built global momentum over the past five years amongst discerning consumers," said Neil Macdonald, brand director for malts at Chivas Brothers. "A growing opportunity now exists within the malt whisky market to build whisky brands such as Longmorn, which purely operate at a super-premium level in terms of presentation, product and pricing."

Speaking to just-drinks yesterday, Macdonald noted that Longmorn had previously sold between 5,000 and 6,000 cases per year. "This (launch) will move it forward in volume terms," he added, stopping short of predicting numbers, however.

The main markets for Longmorn, Macdonald continued, include Taiwan, France, the US and Canada. "Where we're doing well with The Glenlivet, you'll see Longmorn following on," he said.

Longmorn 16-year-old will retail at around GBP50 (US$97).