Seattle's Westland Distillery, the jewel in the Washington whiskey scene, has agreed to be purchased.
The French spirits conglomerate Remy Cointreau has agreed to buy Seattle’s Westland Distillery in a deal that is expected to be finalized by early next month, officials from both companies announced. Westland Distillery said Thursday that it won’t discuss details until the deal is sealed, but its master distiller Matt Hoffman said Westland has “alerted” its suppliers that the distillery will buy more grains and barrels in the coming year as a result of the pending acquisition. “We have global ambition,” Hoffman said.
Westland is in eight countries including Japan and France, and in the past, Hoffman stated that was only the beginning and that Westland’s goal was to be the premier producer of American single malt. A jewel in the Washington craft-distillery scene, Westland has fought off suitors in the past.
It’s been 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. It was also named Craft Producer of the Year by Whisky Magazine.
Westland will remain in Seattle and will expand its staff as a result of the deal, Hoffman said.
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In October, Remy Cointreau also reportedly purchased the whiskey producer Domaine des Hautes Glaces as it seeks to gain a foothold in the hot single-malt market.
Terms of both deals were not disclosed.