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Our story starts in the early 1800’s, when Scottish immigrants flocked to Cape Breton Island. Its beauty resembled the Highlands and islands of Scotland so much that they decided to settle here and make it their permanent home. Many traditions and secrets travelled across the sea with those pioneers. One of those secrets was the making of a spirited whisky.

Award Winning Single Malt Whiskey

Our distillery has been recognized as the first single malt whisky distillery in North America, and we’ve also produced the world’s first single malt whisky aged in ice wine barrels. Our copper pot stills and time-tested traditions mean the whisky we produce is on par with the greatest single malts in Scotland.

Glenora is located in Nova Scotia, a province whose name literally translates to ‘New Scotland.’ Being a part of Nova Scotia’s heritage means that Cape Breton Island is one of very few places on Earth where Gaelic culture and language thrive. As Scottish descendants we passionately keep the dearest aspects of our ancestor’s colourful culture alive.


The crystal clear water that flows from the Mabou Highlands gives Glen Breton its pure taste. The legacy of deep-rooted Scottish wisdom and culture give it its classic character.

Our Scottish descendants passionately keep the dearest aspects of colorful Gaelic culture alive – especially evident in the home of Glenora Distillery. It is in thanks to them, and to the purity of the MacLellan’s Brook as well, that Glen Breton owes its undeniably unique character.


30 Year Old Distillery

It took us 200 years to build a distillery in North America

The making of a spirited whisky was one of the many traditions and secrets that travelled across the ocean, thanks to our pioneering ancestors.

Glen Breton Rare is produced in the traditional method using only three ingredients: barley, yeast and water.

Scenic glens and towering mountains make staying here unlike anything you've ever experienced before.

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15 Reasons to Love Whiskey

15 Reasons to Love Whiskey

Whiskey is our passion. It’s what gets us through the day. And, for reasons unknown toman, it tastes best on scorching hot summer’s days while chatting to friends andcolleagues. Whiskey seems to bring out the connoisseur in everyone.Why do we love whiskey so much?...

Whiskey vs Wine

Whiskey vs Wine

What is the difference between Whiskey and Wine? Whisky and wine are the most popular alcoholic beverages worldwide. These drinks entail meticulous techniques of preparation, the finest ingredients and are associated with luxury and prestige. Whisky and wine...

Single Malt Whiskey With or Without Ice?

Single Malt Whiskey With or Without Ice?

Not only do you need to choose your brand of whisky with care but you need to serve it in the perfect manner as well. If you are going to pour yourself a lovely glass of single malt, should you drink it with or without ice? Well, there is no right or wrong answer; it...

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