Whisky distiller Glenmorangie said turnover for the year rose 10% boosted by its three malt brands in key markets through its strategic partnership with US marketer Brown-Forman and Bacardi-Martini in Europe.

For the year to March 31 pre-tax profit rose 12% to £8.93m on sales that increased to £64.65m from £58.71m last year.

The whisky distiller said the Glenmorangie brand remained the prime focus, followed by Ardbeg and then Glen Moray, with its geographic focus being the UK, Continental Europe, the US and selective parts of Asia.

Glenmorangie said it has obtained the expected full-year benefits from its joint venture supply chain partnership with Drambuie, from which non-executive chairman Keith Edelman said he expected further operating efficiencies to accrue.

Total group shipments rose 4% on last year with a 7% increase in value, reflecting an improved mix of products sold.

For the malt whisky brands, shipments grew by 13% in volume and 17% in value. Overall, shipments of the flagship Glenmorangie brand grew by 12%, with value ahead by 17%.