Friday, July 14, 2017


Moët Hennessy, has announced that it has acquired the Washington based Woodinville Whiskey Company, for an undisclosed sum.

The Woodinville Whiskey Company, was founded in 2010 by lifelong friends Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile, who will both continue to oversee operations at the distillery.

The Woodinville Whiskey Company Distillery

Woodinville Whiskey Company Rye and Bourbon Whiskies, are matured for at least five years. Having relied primarily on sales of its Micro Barreled Bourbon and Rye, the company was able to launch its 5 Year Old Straight Bourbon in 2015, which was crowned “Whiskey of the Year” in 2016, by the American Distilling Institute.

The brands 5 Year Old Straight Rye whiskey, which launched in 2016, was named “Best Rye Whiskey” in 2017, again by the American Distilling Institute.

Commenting on the news, Christophe Navarre, President and CEO of Moët Hennessy 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.”

Distillery founders Orlin Sorensen and Brett Carlile, have said that Moët Hennessy’s distribution network will allow the brand to reach its full potential.

Posted by Steve Rush