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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: Wine Aroma Kit : Apple (Green)

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Focus Aroma: Wine Aroma Kit : Apple (Green)

The familiar scent of apple is found in the wines produced by all of the classic premier white grapes. So many people love this particular note in a wine as it is light, and gently crisp, and gives the aroma a certain airiness. Often in Chardonnay, Sauvigon Blanc, and Reisling, it is a distinctly green apple aroma note that is experienced. This category of aroma – green apple – falls into two of our general smell categories - the fruity family and the green family. Fruity smells remind us of the bountiful products of Nature and they are generally very...

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Focus Aroma : Gin Aroma Kit : Chamomile

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Focus Aroma : Gin Aroma Kit : Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the less prominent botanical players in the Gin world but if you are acquainted with its portfolio of fruity ester aromas, you will readily appreciate how it will blend with the traditional blend of botanicals used in most Gins. The fragrant oil comes from the flowers and, as far as can be ascertained, it is typically the wild chamomile which is used. As with some of the other botanicals used in Gin, an elegant tea can be produced from the dried flowers. Sniffing the Aroma from the Gin Aroma Kit on the Aroma Strip is beguiling...

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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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