One year ago on June 11th, 2009 the Supreme Court of Canada delivered its judgment. It dismissed the application of the Scotch Whisky Association for leave to appeal its unsuccessful campaign. That campaign was to oppose the trade-mark registration of Glen Breton, Glenora's flagship single malt. The Supreme Court’s decision finally terminated seven years of litigation by the Scotch Whisky Association, involving four levels of appeal in the Trade-marks Opposition Board and the courts.
On November 19th 2009, Glen Breton was entered as a registered mark on the Trade-marks Register of Canada. We at Glenora express our deep appreciation for the support and loyal patronage of the many who stood with us to win our cause.
In celebration of the registration of Glen Breton®, and to commemorate our victory in that Opposition, Glenora is releasing a unique bottling of select 15 Year Old Single Malt, the BATTLE OF THE GLEN™ Special Edition.
Lauchie MacLean, President of Glenora, says of this Special Edition Glen Breton,
"As far as we are aware, BATTLE OF THE GLEN is the first and only product created as a result of intellectual property litigation. The packaging and special booklet enclosure chronicles our fight to support the lovers of fine single malt whisky, and records our struggle for posterity. I am tremendously proud of the work of our people here at Glenora in producing this Special Edition. Glenora also wishes to acknowledge the creative talent of Cape Bretoners, of Famous Folks/Creative Communications, based in Halifax and Toronto, for concept and development of the presentation box and labeling of the BATTLE OF THE GLEN Special Edition.
With release of this Special Edition Glen Breton, as Cape Bretoners, as Nova Scotians and as Canadians, we also honour all of our families who have gone before us, in courage and with sacrifice, to defend their rights in all just causes."
We invite you to pour yourself a goodly dram of BATTLE OF THE GLEN, savour the apple and maple of our Cape Breton highlands, and join us in toast to victory for Glen Breton - hard-won, richly deserved.
Glenora has, by its perseverance in craft distilling and the quality of its single malt, now earned a respected position in the world. Glen Breton Rare, Canada’s only single malt whisky, received recognition as one of “Top 50 Spirits 2006” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. (this is the end of the press release)
On Wednesday, June 9th, 2010 we officially released a special bottling to help commemorate our 9 year legal battle with the Scotch Whisky Association (SWA). The selected whisky has aged for 15 years in the warehouses at Glenora and confidently bears the label “Battle of the Glen”.
The official launch took place at 6:30pm followed by a traditional Ceilidh in the Glenora Pub.