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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Agricole

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Agricole

The category of agricole is a subset of the greater category of rum and as such is exceptionally varied. Agricole is a spirit made from crushed sugar cane juice which does not go through the sugar making process - unlike the overwhelming majority of globally produced rums. The largest producer of cane juice rhum is Martinique where they introduced an appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) to control all aspects of production and guarantee a minimum level of quality. Under AOC rules, the sugar cane must be crushed ready for fermentation within 24 hours of harvesting. This fermentation produces a cane “wine”...

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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Gamey

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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Gamey

When you first stop and think about this rather unusual aroma term in the wine world, so far apart from the myriad fruity notes in wines, you begin to wonder what the smell of game has to do with fine wines. And as you ponder this almost philosophical point, you begin to be thankful for the clue implicit in the name, for wines with this note can indeed be beautifully synergistic with strongly flavoured meats. There is one point in which you can exult, if you are sure that you can detect a heavy gamey (gamy) note in the aroma...

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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Gooseberry

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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Gooseberry

The world is full of berries, and when it comes to berry smells we are always on our guard since we may have a mixture of berry notes in wines providing very complex aromas. More than perhaps any other type of berry we meet in the context of wine, the actual taste of a gooseberry (and here we mean the pure taste and not taste as a misnomer for the sensation of flavour - for which the major contribution comes from the Sense of Smell), is just as important as the aroma, giving a delectable sharpness and crispness. This is...

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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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