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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Tobacco

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Tobacco

It so happens that the extraordinary rich sensory profile of the scent from tobacco leaves contains special smell molecules that are created during the fermentation stage of the whiskey and Bourbon production process. This explains the occurrence of tobacco (un-smoked) and tobacco leaf scents in a Bourbon. It would be impossible for an Aroma Scientist to achieve a full analysis of the complex aroma molecule profile of the aroma we present in this kit unless they had unlimited access to not only the best equipment but also virtually unlimited funding. It is this complexity of molecular composition that gives rise...

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Maple Syrup

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Maple Syrup

Everyone loves spreading Maple Syrup on a pile of freshly cooked pancakes - the rich aroma makes our mouth water. This Aroma is always a favourite in the Bourbon Aroma Kit!Bourbons are famous for their delicious and rich after-taste effect and the rich sensory appeal of the maple syrup aroma is especially evident in the luscious lingering after-taste. Connoisseurs will know that vanilla type aromas also participate with the maple syrup aromas in creating the unique sensory appeal of the Bourbon after-taste.The particular aroma molecules that give this effect do not come from adding maple syrup or any other additive...

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Raisins

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Raisins

Raisins have a characteristic deep fruity spectrum of aroma notes that changes as the grapes age and start to dry. The particular aroma quality of raisins which we display in the Bourbon Aroma Kit is extremely complex. The aroma comes from precise blending of a large number of specific odorant molecules from various smell classes - including many types of fruity molecules from a variety of fruity notes. The fruity profile is nuanced by the piquancy and slight ‘bite’ that comes from the inclusion of special acid aroma molecules.This note adds to the sensory richness of the total Bourbon aroma...

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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 : Corn

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Corn

The particular aroma mixture we have devised in our Bourbon Aroma Kit - to represent the type of corn aroma that is relevant for a Bourbon - is exceedingly complex and we have had to add many trace secondary aroma molecules to achieve the optimal corn aroma. Besides hints of corn type aromas you might be reminded of a malty influence or aspects of warm bread crust or a rye-type bread. A really discerning nose might just be able to detect an underlying so-called animal note. At low levels this aroma gives a sense of warmth. It is these very...

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