Scotch whisky group Ian Macleod Distillers has secured a listing in UK supermarket Sainsbury's for its Islay single malt Smokehead.

The deal is the first nationwide listing for the whisky, which Ian MacLeod launched last year. Smokehead is on sale for around GBP21.99 (US$43.43).

Marketing director Iain Weir said: "The reaction to Smokehead since its launch is better than we could have ever imagined. We knew we had a strong, quality product that looked and tasted fantastic and to now have Sainsbury's on board, I expect the brand to continue to grow from strength to strength."

The move is the latest sign of the company's ambition in the booming single malt category. Last year, Ian Macleod signalled its ambition to break into the world's top ten single malts with the repackaging of hallmark Scotch whisky Glengoyne.