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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 : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Tobacco

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Focus Aroma : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Tobacco

It so happens that the extraordinary rich sensory profile of the scent from tobacco leaves contains special smell molecules that are created during the fermentation stage of the whiskey and Bourbon production process. This explains the occurrence of tobacco (un-smoked) and tobacco leaf scents in a Bourbon. It would be impossible for an Aroma Scientist to achieve a full analysis of the complex aroma molecule profile of the aroma we present in this kit unless they had unlimited access to not only the best equipment but also virtually unlimited funding. It is this complexity of molecular composition that gives rise...

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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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