Whisky Focus - Remy Cointreau Acquire Westland Distillery Company

Remy Cointreau Acquire Westland Distillery Company

6th January 2017

Rémy Cointreau add Westland American Single Malt Whiskey to its portfolio.

Westland American Single Malt Whiskey Range.

Rémy Cointreau has once again expanded its single malt whisky portfolio with the acquisition of the Seattle, Washington State based Westland Distillery company for an undisclosed sum. Westland, which was established in 2011, started out life as a medium sized craft whisky distillery with a output capacity of 60,000 litres per year, after expansions and even a relocation of the distillery the capacity of Westland today is now 260,000 litres per year although they have only been running at 160,000 litres but I am sure they will soon be running at full capacity now that Rémy is behind Westland.

Westland Whiskey Stills

Today Westland has a core range of 3 Westland American Single Malt whiskies, Westland American Oak launched in October 2013, Westland Peated launched in October 2014 and Westland Sherry Wood launched in December 2014. They also offer single cask bottlings which can be a little more difficult to get hold of outside of the US.tremely excited to be joining the Rémy Cointreau group. Not only will we be maintaining and expanding our vision for Westland and the American single malt whiskey category, but we will have the assistance and guidance from a strategic partner whose philosophy so perfectly aligns with our own. With the assistance of the Rémy Cointreau team, we’re very much looking forward to sharing this vision with more people around the world for years to come."

The acquisition of Westland follows Rémy's recent acquisition of the 2009 established French whisky distiller Domaine des Hautes Glaces which is the first French single estate whisky which means that every part of its whisky production takes place at the distillery including growing their own barley and rye, malting, distillation, maturation and bottling. The current Domaine des Hautes Glaces whisky line up includes two single malts, Les Moissons produced from 100% malted barley and Vulson which was produced from 100% malted rye.

The American Westland Distillery and French Domaine des Hautes Glaces acquisitions completes a trio of single malt whisky producers for Rémy Cointreau who already own Bruichladdich Distillery the Scotch Islay single malt whisky which they acquired back in 2012.

All three of the whisky brands, Bruichladdich, Domaine des Hautes Glaces and Westland are available from specialist online whisky retailer Master of Malt

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