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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 : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Wheat

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Wheat

When you smell this particular Bourbon aroma it might remind you of odorous elements of the aromas produced during the inimitable process of bread making. There are traces of malty aromas as found in malted breads along with warm gentle notes associated with the heating of fats in dough. The psychological role of this particular aroma note in the appeal of the Bourbon aroma profile has yet to be fully ascertained. There is the possibility that it generates a ‘halo’ of secondary but never-the-less influential aromas that enrich several of the primary Bourbon aroma notes. See our Bourbon Aroma Kit...

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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 : 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 : Whisky Aroma Kits : Malty

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Focus Aroma : Whisky Aroma Kits : Malty

This is an important category for Whisky flavours and it is also complex with no single aroma molecule representing the full flavour profile of what is represented by this term. We are referring to the smells from Malted Barley, and these may be “grain-like,” or “burnt” or “like biscuits.”The aroma profile we choose in the Aroma Academy Whisky Aroma Kit is a generic example of a malty aroma character as no single aroma expression can fully capture the character of this odour category. If you closely examine the Aroma Strip you will be able to experience the lightly burnt nuance...

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