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THE LINGO

A lexicon of terms from the world of whisky.

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N

The terminology is referring to No Age Statement or Non Age Declared. This is describing whiskies that show no age statement on the bottle. The whiskies within the Classic Malts Selection that carry no age statement, such as Talisker Skye, Oban Little Bay or Dalwhinnie Winters Gold, have been created by our master blenders using casks from one single distillery but at different ages. Meaning that they are a combination of ages in the final bottle making it impossible to say an age as each time it is bottled the youngest whisky will potentially change as they are all about recreating a flavour profile.
Spirit freshly distilled and of high strength with around 70% ABV and clean in colour. New make spirit is ready to be filled into casks. Most distilleries dilute the spirit to 63.5% ABV before it is filled into casks to mature.
Nosing is the process, usually undertaken at whisky tastings, to judge and identify different aromas by smelling the whisky to categorize it.
A tulip-shaped glass used to taste whisky. It has a narrow opening so the whisky can be swirled and the fragrance is concentrated in the nostrils.