Pernod Ricard has rolled out a 16-year-old cask strength single malt for its flagship Scotch whisky The Glenlivet.

The company's whisky and gin arm, Chivas Brothers, said yesterday (31 October) that The Glenlivet Nàdurra would be launched worldwide following a "warm reception" for the brand in the travel retail sector.

Nàdurra is non-chill filtered and matured in first fill ex-bourbon American oak casks. Chivas described the product as "a bold innovation" in the single malt category.

Neil Macdonald, brand director for Malts at Chivas Brothers, said the lack of chill filtering in the production of Nàdurra is a reflection of the process used by The Glenlivet's founder, George Smith.

"(It) preserves the full flavour of this wonderful malt, giving it more body and a richer texture," Macdonald said. "We know that this is appreciated by consumers as we have seen experienced malt drinkers enthuse about The Glenlivet after sampling Nàdurra."

Nàdurra will first be launched in the US, a key whisky market, and where The Glenlivet is the top-selling single malt.