Diageo plans to extend the coverage of one of its Singleton Scotch whiskies into Europe.

The UK drinks giant said today (3 April) that it will roll out The Singleton of Dufftown, which is currently available only in UK travel retail, to European travel retail within three months.

Nicholas Morgan, marketing director of Diageo's classic malts selection unit, confirmed the move to just-drinks, adding the single malt would also go on sale in two domestic European markets later this year. He would not confirm, however, which markets the Dufftown whisky would be available in.

Morgan's comments coincide with the test launch of The Singleton of Glendullan in New Jersey and Illinois in the US, and in selected travel retail outlets across the country. The test, which will run for 12 months, will lead to a planned nationwide roll-out, Morgan said, but no date has yet been set for this move.

"We're focusing on drinkers who are interested in single malt, but who find the category confusing," Morgan said. When asked why Diageo didn't choose just the one type of Singleton for the global market, Morgan pointed to the "slightly varied taste preferences in different markets".

The third and final Singleton Scotch, Glen Ord, was released in Taiwan and Korea in June last year. The brand was subsequently unveiled in Japan last month, Morgan said, with the whisky performing "very well" in the Asian markets.