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Neutral Spirit Grain spirit distilled above a strength of 94.5% abv. Also called neutral alcohol, and used to make Gin and Vodka. Grain spirit which is to become whisky must by law be distilled at less than this strength.
New Spirit, New-Make Spirit The unadulterated product of the spirit still, ready to be casked for ageing.
Nose The characteristic aroma of a particular whisky.
Noser A person, usually at a distillery or blenders, who samples whisky by smell alone.
Nosing A method of sampling whisky by sense of smell only. Used by professional tasters and blenders to avoid fatiguing the palate and/or intoxication.


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