Ice whisky? Oh, Canada!

Canada is known for its ice wines, but ice whisky?

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, so the Glenora Distillery of Nova Scotia this week launched a new whisky called Cape Breton Ice, billed as the world's first single malt whisky aged in an ice-wine barrel.

Lauchie MacLean, president of the Cape Breton distillery, said Glenora test marketed the product by selling about 150 bottles this summer at its distillery in Halifax after purchasing the ice-wine barrels from the Jost Winery in Malagash, N.S.

“They just flew off the shelves,” MacLean told the press. “Tourists just absolutely went crazy for it and that was with no label on it, basically.”

Glenora Distillery is the only single malt whisky distillery in Canada, It also produces Glen Breton Single Malt Whisky.

Unless you have a connection in Nova Scotia, you'll have to be patient to try the new product. MacLean said sales will be limited to the immediate area at least until after Christmas.

"We’ve sold 25 cases to the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. that’s all there is going to be for a couple of months," he said.

The 250-ml bottles will cost $49.95. Canadian ($43.60 US).

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