Golf lovers can now add a whisky to their Christmas list with the launch of Old St Andrews, a brand that plays on its golfing heritage.

The Scotch whisky will be launched into the UK as a gift brand this month, after success in export markets.

Distributor Malcolm Cowen said Old St Andrews Clubhouse Scotch Whisky, which has had a packaging redesign on a golf theme, had proved popular as a gift purchase for golfing friends. The whisky comes in a 50cl bottle or a 5cl miniature, with a three-pack of golfballs.

"Malcolm Cowen has a sound reputation for handling the development of niche brands," said brand MD John Donald.