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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Coconut

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Coconut

A perfect gift for any Rum lover. Learn to identify the aroma of this compound in rum. Coconut is another aroma note that covers a wide spectrum of flavours from the flesh of white coconut through to the toasted coconut flavour of macaroons. The Aroma Standard in the Aroma Academy Rum Aroma Kit tends more towards a flesh white coconut aroma. The coconut aroma comes from some unusual esters and appears in some rums with a delightful mild halo of toasted notes. Rums containing the coconut aroma can also exhibit more of a distinct desiccated coconut note which develops from...

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Fusel Oil

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Fusel Oil

The Fermentation process yields ethanol and other alcohols and pot still distillation, in particular, reveals this note. Column still distillation separates the notes extremely efficiently and so the column still process typically produces a lighter, less characterful, liquid. Fusel Oil is associated with the “tail” of the distillation and some Rum blenders add back these fusel notes to the lighter mix in the first stage in the column to give more character and body. However this does not always integrate smoothly and therefore becomes a prominent note as compared to the pot still distillation of rums where the fusel note...

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Focus Aroma: Rum Aroma Kit : Leather

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Focus Aroma: Rum Aroma Kit : Leather

In the creation of a fine Rum, the high temperature steps of sugar extraction and the production of molasses generates a myriad of aroma molecules, including many with aroma profiles that are never found in the starting sugar cane. In addition, the influence of ageing in the cask comes to the fore with the revelation of animal aroma notes.The Leather Aroma example in the Aroma Academy Rum Aroma Kit has the heady, slightly animal nuance that you sniff as you enter a high-class leather shop. It integrates very well with the deep-bodied roasted notes and provides additional depth and body...

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Chocolate

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Chocolate

The specific character of the chocolate aroma note in rums has what could be described as a cocoa-dark chocolate element. This note contributes to the smooth sensation of a well-aged rum. No chocolate or any similar entity is added to rum but in the initial heating stages of sugar extraction, the heat promotes chemical reactions leading to some of the many aroma molecules that we find so delightful in chocolate. The note is again influenced by the cask with the ageing process of the rum liquid. Differences in casks lead to variations in the milk to dark chocolate flavour profiling....

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Molasses

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Molasses

To complement the exciting release of the Aroma Academy Rum Aroma Kit, we have decided to feature one of the signature aroma notes in many rums – Molasses - as our Aroma of the Week. The tale of molasses is a simple one but the underlying chemistry of the aroma production is one of the most complex in the spirits drinks industry. The sugar-rich juice from sugar cane is boiled to concentrate it and to allow the familiar sugar to appear as crystals after cooling. This is the first syrup or first molasses stage. The more viscous and more deeply...

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