Westland Distillery located in Seattle’s Pacific Northwest, has agreed to be acquired by French company The Rémy Cointreau Group. Westland Distillery takes a different approach to craft spirits than most makers in the U.S. by focusing exclusively on American single malt whiskey.
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The distillery is firmly committed to pushing the category of single malt whiskey forward by utilizing new varietals of barley and oak, exploring concepts such as terroir, and championing distinctiveness. In addition, Westland is at the vanguard of the growing American single malt whiskey movement that aims to secure a firm description for the category in the United States and abroad.
Westland Distillery was named America’s best single malt in the Ultimate Spirits Challenge in New York, where the head judge was Paul Pacult, one of the world’s most influential spirits critics and Craft Producer of the Year by Whisky Magazine.
Third Whiskey Acquisition in Four Years
This investment expands Rémy Cointreau’s portfolio further into the fast growing high-end single malt whisky category. In July 2012 Rémy Cointreau purchased The Bruichladdich Distillery on the Island of Islay for a reported value of $72 Million (£58m). In October 2016 they acquired Domaine des Hautes Glaces an organic mountain farm distillery located in the heart of the French Alps that produces single malt whiskies. The acquisition value for Westland Distillery and Domaine des Hautes Glaces were not disclosed.
The Westland Distillery transaction is expected to close before the end of the year.