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Issue 43 - Big brands battle it out

Whisky Magazine Issue 43
October 2004


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Big brands battle it out

Chivas and Glenmoranige smarten up their act for Chistmas

The pre Christmas period is always an intense one for drinks companies. But this year the blended sector looks set to be more competitive than ever as the leading brands vie for position.

And two of the very best products in the market – The Baillie Nicol Jarvie and the Chivas Regal 18 - are getting a fresh look and some heavyweight marketing support as they try and win over new drinkers.

Baillie Nicol Jarvie, known as BNJ and short-listed in our Best of the Best Awards two years ago, is owned by Glenmorangie and is set to receive a£1.7 million boost and a new risqué advertising campaign.

“The brand is something of a secret,” says Glenmorangie's director of marketing Graeme Lindsay. “It is the only blend to contain Glenmorangie and it contains nine exceptionally good malts and just one grain. The youngest is eight years old and there are some considerably older than that.

“And the whisky has been produced using the same stringent wood management techniques as the other whiskies produced by the distillery. Many of the casks are first fill, and we use both sherry and bourbon.”

Glenmorangie master blender Rachel Barrie (pictured above) says that BNJ's exceptional smoothness is the result of careful crafting.

“A great deal of time has gone in to making sure that the balance is right and the best standards of quality have been used,” she says. “We think we have a blend that is exceptionally strong.”

BNJ will still be sold in its traditional and unique...

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