COGNAC house Remy Cointreau was staging a surprise move into Scotch whisky earlier this week as it entered into talks to acquire Islay’s Bruichladdich distillery.
A statement confirming the move was issued on the day SLTN went to press, with Bruichladdich managing director Mark Reynier also highlighting the development on Twitter.
If the deal goes through it will be the first foray into Scotch for Remy, best known for Remy Martin Cognac and Cointreau. The company also owns Mount Gay rum, Greek brandy, Metaxa and Passoa liqueur.
A group of private investors led by Reynier bought Bruichladdich in late 2000, with the first new spirit running from the previously mothballed distillery the following year. The distillery had been owned by Jim Beam since 1994.