Remy Cointreau said Westland Distillery was in the "vanguard" of the American single malt movement

Remy Cointreau said Westland Distillery was in the "vanguard" of the American single malt movement

Remy Cointreau has moved further into the brown spirits category with the acquisition of North American single malt whiskey producer Westland Distillery.

The company, which made its first whisk(e)y purchase in 2012 with Scotch distillery Bruichladdich, said today it had bought the Seattle-based Westland for an undisclosed fee. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year.

Remy said Westland is at the "vanguard" of the American single malt whiskey movement "that aims to secure a firm description for the category in the US and abroad".

"Westland crafts a truly authentic single malt whiskey with a sense of place," it added.

Westland's portfolio includes its flagship American Oak single malt and a peated malt that claims to one of the world's smokiest. The distillery is in Seatlle's creative hub, SoDo, and uses only barley grown in the Pacific Northwest and barrels made from the region's forests. Prices for its whiskies range from US$70 to about $125

Growing global demand for North American whiskey, led by Bourbon, has prompted a number of major spirits players to enter the category. In October, Constellation Brands beat off competition from Pernod Ricard to land Utah whiskey producer High West Distillery.

Westland is not Remy's only whiskey purchase this year. In October, it agreed to buy French single malt distillery Domaine des Hautes Glaces.