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This is a fitting finale to my "Happy Canada Day" series, an unusual Canadian whisky that is impossible to find in my home province of Ontario. This bottling was produced as a celebration of a nine year court battle to keep the "Glen Breton" name on Glenora's single malt. The Scotch Whisky Association sued Glenora, claiming that the word "glen" was a trademark of whisky that is only produced in Scotland. The court cases (which went through appeal after appeal) are well documented in the booklet that comes with the packaging, but finally the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed the SWA's claim and allowed Glenora to keep the name of their brand. Glenora was founded by Scottish descendants, it's stills were made by Forsyths of Rothes, and it imports Scottish barley for distillation. With all that Scottish heritage, you would think the SWA would be a little forgiving! This is a limited bottling of 4200.
The colour is a pale yellow. On the nose, sweet crisp barley sugar, and very fruity with coconut and citrus. Sukhinder Singh said this was very Rosebank like, and he is right. Also quite nutty, with macadamia. A drop of water brings out the oak, with darker fruits. Grassy, floral and altogether extraordinary.
On the palate - delicious. More nuts, with almonds, and more oak than on the nose. Apples and cinnamon. Mouth-drying in just the right way - I love it! With a drop of water, it's even better.
Finish has a developing hint of peat, but only just. Gentle spices with tropical fruits linger...a single malt that stands with the best that any Scottish distillery has to offer. Jim Murray scores this a hefty 94 (as do I), and it is one of the best Canadian whiskies you will ever have. Call the distillery and ask them to ship you a bottle (they did for me), though I have no idea how many they have left. As it was for Glenora, it's a perfect way for you to thumb your nose at the SWA!