The Edrington Group is toasting a strong leap in sales of its Fine Oak Scotch whisky range.

The drinks company said yesterday (1 July) that sales of the range were up 14% in the year to April, with Fine Oak accounting for one in five of all sales of The Macallan Scotch, since it was launched in August 2004. The Fine Oak range has been credited with lifting The Macallan from sixth to third position in the world's top 10 single malts ranking, the group said.

"Sales of The Macallan Fine Oak have soared since its launch and in just a few years the range has had a significant impact on the global whisky market," said Ken Grier, director of malts at The Edrington Group. "We committed a significant six-figure investment in researching and developing Fine Oak, which was delivered in response to consumer demand for more delicate and accessible single malts - demand which is clearly thriving."

The Macallan Fine Oak range consists of nine age expressions, from eight-years old to 30-years old.

Earlier this year, the group added Callum Barton to its board of directors. Barton, the former president and CEO of Richemont North America, joined the company in April in the capacity of a non-executive director.