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Focus Aroma : Whisky Aroma Kit : Cut Grass

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Focus Aroma : Whisky Aroma Kit : Cut Grass

All green living plants have powerful scents and aromas which can be categorised as green odours. If you care to do a simple smell experiment, you will find that your nose can easily distinguish between the particular green aroma quality of such well-known items as green peas, privet leaves, green peppers and freshly-cut grass but that all of them have a certain fresh and pleasant aroma quality in common. All of these types of green aroma notes are found in the Whisky world. In the Aroma Academy Whisky Aroma Kit, we present the well-known aroma molecules which are responsible for...

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Focus Aroma : Gin Aroma Kit : Cassia Bark

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Focus Aroma : Gin Aroma Kit : Cassia Bark

Few people know the aroma of Cassia Bark but when you tell them that it smells a bit like cinnamon - known to most people - they begin to have an understanding of this strong hot spicy scent. There is a distinct overlap in the aroma profiles of the oils from cassia and cinnamon. When you smell it, the ravishing hot spicy and distinguishable “cinnamon-like but heavier” aroma is very evident. This is the archetypal hot spicy smell, arousing and conjuring-up feelings of being in markets in far-away towns in Asia or Africa. Bombay Sapphire pioneered this Aroma note in...

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Focus Aroma : Whisky Aroma Kit : Nutty

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Focus Aroma : Whisky Aroma Kit : Nutty

This description is often used in a confusing way in some Whisky books where some distinctly spicy odours are often mistakenly included. In the general world of flavour and perfume chemistry, the word “Nutty” describes the characteristic odours of both fresh and roasted nuts. As you are wandering around your favourite supermarket make a mental note of the many nuts now available and imagine the differing smells of the raw nuts and the roasted nuts. The full aroma/flavour of roasted nuts contains many tens or even hundreds of individual aroma molecules with many from a family of molecules called the...

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Focus Aroma : Gin Aroma Kit : Grapefruit

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Focus Aroma : Gin Aroma Kit : Grapefruit

The Gin Master Distillers are forever experimenting with new aromas, somewhat like the alchemists of old sought the elixir of life. Since grapefruit is a familiar citrus fruit, it is unsurprising that it has been picked-up by distillers in their quest for different Gin Aroma experiences. The aroma of the fruit is one of the few to which the taste term "bitter" is applied. The complete aroma profile is along the lines of – fresh citrus-bitter-green-woody. At a discreet level in a Gin, the grapefruit note increases the enchanting sensation of freshness (which can be compromised by too heavy a...

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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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