Seattle, Washington’s Westland Distillery is one of the main craft whiskey players, if not the top dog, in the emerging and diverse American single malt whiskey category. We’ve reviewed a good number of their whiskies over time, and even had the chance to visit their impressive facility earlier this year. Given the quality of the product they produce, it doesn’t surprise me to learn therefore they’ve been acquired by wine and spirits giant Rémy Cointreau.
Though not much has been said of the acquisition announced today, including how much Westland was bought for, we do know at least the following from a rather short news release put out by Rémy Cointreau about this purchase:
The Rémy Cointreau Group … is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement for the acquisition of the assets of Westland Distillery.
Westland’s mission is to produce world-class American single malt whiskey. Rooted in one of the world’s best possible climates for barley, Westland crafts a truly authentic single malt whiskey with a sense of place. 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.
With this investment, Rémy Cointreau will expand its portfolio further into the fast growing high-end single malt whisky category. Westland is already recognized as a whiskey of exception having received many awards including this year being named “World Craft Producer of the Year” by Whisky Magazine, while all three of their flagship malts (the American Single Malt Whiskey, a Peated Malt and a Sherry Wood expression) have received scores of 95 points or more within the past year.
The acquisition is expected to close by the end of the year. With this purchase Westland joins a small, but impressive, whiskey portfolio under Rémy Cointreau that includes Scotch maker Bruichladdich and soon perhaps as well Domaine des Hautes Glaces, an organic single malt whisky distillery in the French Alps. It is also not the first high profile craft operation acquired this year – that honor goes to High West, which was purchased Constellation Brands for reported price of around $160 million.