William Grant & Sons has lined up the launch of a travel retail exclusive variant of its The Balvenie Scotch whisky brand.

The Balvenie GoldenCask 14 Year Old will be available in travel retail worldwide from February at a recommended retail price of GBP40 (US$58.75), the company said late last week. The single malt was matured first in oak whisky casks before spending a final period of maturation in casks previously containing golden Caribbean rum.

The variant was first shown to travel retail buyers at last year's TFWA World Exhibition in Cannes. "The reception was 100% positive throughout the week," said Rita Greenwood, William Grant's global travel retail director. "Despite economic uncertainty, the industry clearly continues to believe that the future lies in offering travellers something special."

Packaged in The Balvenie tube, with an ABV of 47.5%, the launch will be backed by experiential promotions and tastings in airports.