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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 : 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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