The Macallan owner Edrington has become the majority shareholder of Wyoming Whiskey after increasing its stake to 80%.

Brad Mead said: “Our partnership with Edrington over the past five years has been extraordinarily productive. Edrington’s track record of creating iconic ultra-premium whiskeys and building authentic brands makes the company the perfect partner in the future. We’re excited about the future of Wyoming Whiskey and our continued association with Edrington.”

Edrington chief executive Scott McCroskie said that taking a majority shareholding in Wyoming Whiskey was a logical step for the drinks group and the brand. He added: “The ultra-premium American whiskey category is going through a period of rapid growth. This is an exciting opportunity to apply Edrington’s skills in crafting exceptional ultra-premium spirit brands to continue Wyoming Whiskey’s premiumization journey.”

In the past decade, Wyoming Whiskey has earned recognition for its high-quality bourbon and rye whiskeys, including its Small Batch and Outryder expressions.

The spirits group, headquartered in Scotland, employs over 3,000 people and distributes its brands to more than 100 countries worldwide through joint ventures and third-party agreements. Its brands include The Macallan and Highland Park.

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