Now the hard part, what are you going to get instead?
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Nuthin' easier. You have already suggested Irish whiskey. There is also Canadian whiskey. Nuthin' wrong with that. Try Crown Royal. And there is always Bourbon, which I prefer anyway. In my opinion, Wild Turkey is the last word in Bourbon but there are many fine brands to choose from: Old Granddad, Jack Daniels (which is called "sour mash whiskey" because it's made in Tennessee and not Kentucky). Or try straight rye; Old Overholt, which is reputed to have been US Grant's brand. To each his own.
THE SOLUTION: Just Goggle "Glen Breton"
Glen Breton Rare Canadian Single Malt Whisky is the only single malt whisky produced in Canada. It is produced by the traditional copper pot stills method using only three ingredients: Barley, Yeast and Water.
It can not be called 'Scotch' unless it is produced in Scotland, hence, Canadian Single Malt Whisky.