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Distilled Spirits: Moët Hennessy acquires Woodinville Whiskey Company

French wines and spirit maker Moët Hennessy has acquired US-based Woodinville Whiskey Company for an undisclosed amount.

The Washington-based craft whiskey-maker was founded in 2010 by two friends, Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile.

The company claims to have grown into one of the largest craft whiskey manufacturers in the state. After the acquisition, the friends will continue to manage the company.

Product portfolio of the company includes its Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey, and Woodinville Straight Rye Whiskey.

These two products are claimed to be matured for at least five years at Woodinville’s barrel warehouses in Quincy, Washington. The climatic conditions of the state are considered ideal for the aging process. The grains used in the spirit-making process are also sourced locally from Omlin family farm in Quincy.

Woodinville initially produced microbarreled bourbon and rye whiskies. Later, it started producing a 5-year-old straight bourbon in 2015 and a 5-year-old straight rye, last year.

Moët Hennessy president and CEO Christophe Navarre said: “We are convinced that Woodinville fits very well within the Moët Hennessy portfolio.”

“Orlin and Brett have done a great job to establish Woodinville Whiskey as an iconic brand in Washington state with significant potential for expanded distribution through our US and international networks.

“While we are no strangers to whiskey, with our Glenmorangie and Ardbeg single malts, we have much to learn from Orlin and Brett about American distilling and look forward to this important new partnership.”

The Whiskey Wash quoted Sorensen as saying: “We are very proud about what we have accomplished since founding Woodinville Whiskey Company just a few years ago.”

“As we considered the many strategic opportunities before us, it was clear that being part of the Moët Hennessy portfolio and distribution network will allow us to reach our goals much more quickly.

“Brett and I are thrilled to continue leading the business and to be part of the accelerated growth we expect to achieve as part of Moët Hennessy, and its parent LVMH, the world’s leading luxury goods company.”

Woodinville Whiskey Company

For over 100 years Washington State has been a place where innovators and dreamers have come to take a chance to build something better. From the early settlers who pushed out of Seattle to build a better life, to those who have help build Woodinville into the epicenter of alcohol production in Washington state. Pure water from the Cascade mountains, grains grown exclusively for us on the Omlin Family farm, and an ideal aging environment make this the perfect place to craft our whiskey.

You are only as good as those who have taught you, and we’re honored to have one of the best teacher’s in the world. After 14 years as master distiller at Maker’s Mark, David Pickerell has been our guiding hand since the day we set up shop. We’re proud to call him our teacher and friend.

All of our grain is grown exclusively for us on the Omlin Family Farm in Quincy, Washington. As third generations farmers, Arnie & Phyliss Omlin know what it takes to grow the finest grains. We’re honored to be part of the family.

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