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Pernod Ricard is expanding the seasonal launch of Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve to meet increased demand from new regions, the company said today (26 November).

The limited-edition Scotch will be available in 15 markets, including Mexico, Poland, Germany and China, Pernod said. Last year, Christmas Reserve was sold in 12 markets, including some not featured in this year's roll out, such as Asian Travel Retail, Hungary and Romania.

It was first launched in 2010, when it was sold in Spain, France, Poland and Taiwan.

This year, the festive expression will be available until the end of December with an SRP 10% higher than Ballantine’s 12-year-old, a Pernod spokesperson told just-drinks.

A Facebook app that gives consumers a chance to win a bottle of Christmas Reserve will support the launch. The app also features festive recipes made with the blended Scotch.

“The festive period is notoriously competitive for retailers, so we’re delighted to be offering Ballantine’s Christmas Reserve to more of our customers around the world this year,” said Peter Moore, international brand director for Ballantine’s at Pernod.

The 15 markets are: Switzerland, France, Mexico, Netherlands, Vietnam, Poland, Denmark, Bulgaria, China, Thailand, Germany, Slovenia, Taiwan, Croatia and Hong Kong.

Earlier this year, Pernod announced a GBP40m (US$62.2m) annual investment in Chivas Brothers, which operates the Ballantine’s brand, to keep pace with Scotch whisky demand in emerging markets.