A new dram said to be the first Scottish-Japanese whisky has been launched.

The blend, named The Glover, was unveiled simultaneously in Aberdeen and Tokyo.

Those behind the project, which combines "the very best and rarest of Japanese and Scottish whiskies", believe it will strengthen the bond between the two countries.

The whisky is named after Thomas Blake Glover, who was born in Fraserburgh and raised in Aberdeen but left Scotland for Japan at an early age.

He would later become known as "the Scottish Samurai" because of the impact he had on the modernisation of Japan in the 19th century. He was the first foreigner to receive the Order of the Rising Sun from the Japanese Emperor in recognition of his achievements.

The Japanese whisky used in the blend is one of the remaining casks distilled at Hanyu Distillery, which closed in 2000.

The whisky will be available in two brands - one retailing at around around £100 per bottle and the other, an ultra-premium version, selling for around £1,000 per bottle.

Alex Bruce, managing director of Adelphi Distillery, which blended the whisky, said: "I'm delighted to be involved in such an exciting and unique project. This brand is set to strengthen an already strong bond between Japan and Scotland.

"We wanted the final whisky to present the unique flavours of both casks, but also to be even more than the sum of its parts.

"We also added a drop of whisky from Glen Garioch Distillery in homage to Thomas Glover's home in Aberdeenshire, to complete the flavour profile."

The project was devised by Jim Millar, of Arbroath, Angus, who has previously received awards for promoting the relationship between the two countries.

He said: "This whisky is an excellent way of acknowledging the life of Thomas Blake Glover and celebrating our important relationship with Japan, which continues to flourish, especially in the fields of trade, culture and education."