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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 : Smoky

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Focus Aroma : Whisky Aroma Kit : Smoky

Imagine in your (smell) mind, a scale of smokiness running from the gentle, mild, balsamic aroma of peat smoke from a croft chimney, sniffed some distance downwind, right across to the other end of the scale in which we have acrid, pungent smoke of the type that you would find in many fires. Now you have a feel for the huge range of smoky odours and all of them can be found in whiskies. (You might like to continue your imaginary exercise and imagine another scale running at right-angles to the smoky scale, and labelled from weak to strong. You...

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