After 12 months of extensive global consumer research, what is now positioned as the Scottish Leader Original, has been reformulated with improved body and balance. The blend of top malt and grain whiskies is the recipe by Burn Stewart master distiller, Ian MacMillan, and now has a warm, honey sweet and delicately smoky taste with a silky smooth finish.
It has also been repackaged to signify the change.
The new, sophisticated Scottish Leader Signature has a more pronounced island malt influence than the Original, with a rich, smoky profile.
Says MacMillan: “The core elements of Scottish Leader Original have not been lost in any way. As a team with over 340 years of collective experience, we’ve worked incredibly hard to give it more richness and balance but ensure it is still immediately recognisable as the Scottish Leader people around the world have come to appreciate.
With Scottish Leader Signature we’ve amplified the malt influence to give Scotch lovers a new, complex and layered offering.
“Both will appeal to experienced blended drinkers and newcomers, whether they enjoy drinking Scotch neat or with a mixer.”
SA marketing manager, Taygan Govinden says of the new, refreshed packaging.
“Modern, tall and proud, the bottle now has clean-edged glass chamfers skillfully designed to show-case the rich gold colours of the whisky. The Scottish Leader ethos is expressed in the new soaring eagle brand icon, an inherently Scottish symbol, which conveys success, vision and power – the characteristics of a great leader and the essence of the Scottish Leader brand.
“The packaging is also influenced by its proud Scottish heritage. With a Celtic typeface and the landscape of Ben Ledi, the highest mountain in the Trossachs, the label reflects its provenance and Highland home.
“These whiskies were crafted to encourage people to share and celebrate occasions, recognising individual and group successes across all aspects of life.”
Scottish Leader Original, 750 ml retails for R139
Scottish Leader Signature 750 retails for R169
They will be available in the market from December at leading stores.
* Ian MacMillan, the master distiller, is in the country attending the annual FNB WhiskyLive tasting fest at Sandton Convention Center. He will conduct special Scottish Leader tasting with media and selected guests during his stay.