William Grant & Sons has launched an addition to its Balvenie Single Malt Scotch Whiskies range.

The limited edition Balvenie Rum Cask 17 Year Old will be available in the UK and limited markets worldwide from September, the company said today (22 July). It will retail at RRP GBP65 (US$130) a bottle, and has an abv of 43%.

Malt Master David Stewart said: "This is only the second time we have experimented with maturing The Balvenie in rum cask. This sweet and intense 17 year old is an exceptionally pleasurable result."

Earlier this month William Grant & Sons US appointed Sam Simmons as the "first-ever" Balvenie brand ambassador. Simmons, who has spent the past six years in the UK hosting whisky tasting events and serving on Scotch judging panels in the industry, has gained global recognition under the name Dr Whisky with an online whisky blog of tasting notes and whisky history, the independent family distiller said.