OTTAWA - The Scotch Whisky Association has lost its fight to keep a small Nova Scotia distillery from using the name Glen Breton for its single malt product.

The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the association's appeal of a lower court ruling that approved the label used by Cape Breton's Glenora Distillers.

As usual, the court gave no reasons for its decision.

The association, which zealously guards the name scotch as applying only to whisky made in Scotland, argued that use of the name Glen Breton could confuse consumers.

It says the prefix "glen" is associated with many single-malt scotches and people might think that Glen Breton was a Scottish product.

The Federal Court rejected the argument earlier this year.

The association says it's disappointed by the high court's refusal to hear the case.

It says it will still oppose the use of the label outside Canada.

Glenora Distillers International Ltd., is Canada's only single malt whisky distillery and is based in Glenville, N.S.