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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Cherry

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Cherry

The cherry aroma is featured in the flavour notes of many Bourbons. It is a member of the Rosaceae family with both sweet and sour varieties. Cherries have a fresh, green, fruity note with almond scent emanating from the seed/pip. Cherries also have floral and spicy qualities with a hint of tannin when dried. A unique type of fruity note that is typically easily recognised, the version in our Bourbon Aroma Kit is bright and cheerful but with an under-note feature of a mild dark note that is found in dark cherries. As you would expect for any fruity note,...

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Butterscotch

Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Butterscotch

If you really want to understand this type of aroma note – a key aroma/flavour element of Bourbons - it is worth your while, and also great fun, to spend an evening with friends making fresh butterscotch and caramel. Butterscotch is made with brown sugar. Its primary flavours come from chemical reactions between the brown sugar molecules and those of the fatty-rich butter molecules. It typically also contains milk/cream-derived aromas but they are not as prominent as caramel. This type of aroma is absolutely defined by its title and it is an especially enticing warm aroma that gives a distinctive...

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Agricole

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Agricole

The category of agricole is a subset of the greater category of rum and as such is exceptionally varied. Agricole is a spirit made from crushed sugar cane juice which does not go through the sugar making process - unlike the overwhelming majority of globally produced rums. The largest producer of cane juice rhum is Martinique where they introduced an appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) to control all aspects of production and guarantee a minimum level of quality. Under AOC rules, the sugar cane must be crushed ready for fermentation within 24 hours of harvesting. This fermentation produces a cane “wine”...

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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Gamey

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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Gamey

When you first stop and think about this rather unusual aroma term in the wine world, so far apart from the myriad fruity notes in wines, you begin to wonder what the smell of game has to do with fine wines. And as you ponder this almost philosophical point, you begin to be thankful for the clue implicit in the name, for wines with this note can indeed be beautifully synergistic with strongly flavoured meats. There is one point in which you can exult, if you are sure that you can detect a heavy gamey (gamy) note in the aroma...

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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Gooseberry

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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Gooseberry

The world is full of berries, and when it comes to berry smells we are always on our guard since we may have a mixture of berry notes in wines providing very complex aromas. More than perhaps any other type of berry we meet in the context of wine, the actual taste of a gooseberry (and here we mean the pure taste and not taste as a misnomer for the sensation of flavour - for which the major contribution comes from the Sense of Smell), is just as important as the aroma, giving a delectable sharpness and crispness. This is...

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