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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 : Caramel

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Caramel

Unlike the whisky industry, where some brands add a natural caramel extract to the spirit, the caramel note in rum is generated from the first heat intensive stage of the processing. There are many variations of the delightful caramel aroma theme and the type of caramel aroma found in rum is just one of them.The particular caramel note we present for rum in the Rum Aroma Kit has a soft, creamy, balsamic smooth character. Some may also detect a secondary note of smooth maple syrup.See our Rum Aroma Kit for more information.

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Focus Aroma : Whisky Aroma Kit : Earthy

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Focus Aroma : Whisky Aroma Kit : Earthy

A noticeable level of an earthy note in a wine or whisky is usually a sign of a damaged cask in which some fungi are growing. However, at a much lower level, when it is barely detectable, save on deep sniffing, a very faint earthy note can contribute to the good body of a Whisky or Wine flavour. We choose a very particular shading of the earthy aroma profile in our Whisky Aroma Kit because, in a whisky, the earthy note is always embedded in woody and other aroma notes. When you first sniff the Aroma Strip you will get...

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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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