Glenora, the first Canadian malt distillery was built between 1986 and 1990 by Bruce Jardine.
The distillery is located in Glenville, Nova Scotia, on Cape Breton Island and equipped with two small stills can produce about 350,000 liters of spirit per annum. The distillery had pretty bumpy start experiencing financial as well as production problems (apparently first batches were of rather poor quality). The turning point came in 1993 with change of ownership and hiring the former Glen Ord manager for the master distiller post. Glen Breton Rare 21 years old comprises whisky aged in ex-bourbon barrels and is the oldest expression in the distillery core range. It scored gold medal at the 2016 New York Wine & Spirit Competition.
Nose: light and smooth, vanilla, toffee, maple syrup, apples, pears, lemon peel, pine needles, dash of cinnamon and cocoa powder and touch of oak.
Palate: pretty oily and spicy, white pepper, cinnamon, ginger, apples, pears, butterscotch, vanilla, caramel and subtle oaky notes.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of milk chocolate, toffee, allspice, white pepper, hazelnuts and oak.