IT is one of the fastest growing global markets for Scotch whisky, importing 41 million bottles in the first half of the year.

Now India is on the agenda as the next international port of call for a company whose fusions of Scotch and Japanese whiskies sold out within weeks of their launch.

Edinburgh-based Fusion Whisky is poised to launch its fusion of Scotch and Indian whisky in time for Christmas.

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The product, which is expected to be sold by international retailers, will be a blend of single malt Scotch whiskies with a whisky from the Amrut Distillery in India.

The Indian-Scotch fusion, which will be named after a famous Scot with strong connections to India, is the follow up to Fusion’s three-strong Glover series.

The blends of Scotch and Japanese whiskies were inspired by the “Scottish samurai” Thomas Blake Glover, the Aberdonian merchant who in the 19th century became the first foreigner to receive the Order of the Rising Sun. Those whiskies each sold out or were allocated soon after their respective launches, with the debut, 22 year old version selling out within days.

A blend of Longmorn and Glen Garioch Scotch with ultra-rare whisky from Japan’s Hanyu distillery, it retailed for around £1050 a bottle.

The Glover series was created on behalf of Fusion directors David Moore, Jim Millar and Graham Langley by Alex Bruce, managing director of Fife-based Adelphi Distillery, and renowned whisky writer and consultant Charles MacLean.

Fusion intends to follow the Amrut collaboration with blends which fuse Scotch with whiskies from other countries.

Mr Millar, a senior parliamentary at Holyrood, said: “With our new fusion whiskies we’ll continue to celebrate Scotland’s international friendships as well as its global influence, culturally, economically and socially.”