Last night (Tuesday December 3), I attended a tasting of Balblair vintages. We tasted five whiskies, 2003, 1997, 1990, 1983 and 1969, prefaced by a glass of Balblair’s base spirit.
The global launch, which has been scheduled for March 2012, is aimed at expanding Malibu into "year-round” consumption and new drinking "occasions”.
According to Pernod, Ne-Yo is the ‘creative force’ behind the 35% abv (70 proof) Malibu Red.
Ian Crystal, global marketing director, Malibu, said: “Malibu Red is not just another celebrity-endorsed product.
“Turning the term ‘partnership’ on its head, Ne-Yo has really served as the creative director of Malibu Red from beginning to end – lending his ‘smooth’ talents and creative vision to create a product experience - from flavour to film - that will push boundaries in the spirits category.”
The launch will be supported by what Pernod has called “one of the brand’s largest global marketing initiatives” and will feature TV, print, online and ‘out of home’ advertising, digital and exclusive multi-media content, public relations, events, on and off-trade sampling, and point of sale merchandise.
Malibu Red will also be sponsoring Ne-Yo’s concert tour in 2012.