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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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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Honey

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Focus Aroma : Wine Aroma Kit : Honey

The very word honey is itself a descriptor for delight and intense sensory pleasure. The flavour gives us a lust for more and the many varieties of honey owe their distinctive flavour to the aroma molecules in the flowers from which the bees collect. In terms of Aroma Science, most of the classic honey aromas are given by members of a specific family of aromatic molecules related to one special acid - or one of the esters of this acid.Professional wine judges describe a honey note in the wines made from the major white grapes – Chardonnay, Riesling, Sémillon, and...

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Focus Aroma : Cedar Wood : Wine Aroma Kits

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Focus Aroma : Cedar Wood : Wine Aroma Kits

The beautiful soft aroma of cedarwood is a specific example of the more general class of woody odours. Many wine authors betray their age when they refer to wines having aromas like ..pencil-boxes..pencils..pencil shavings and the like as younger people are more familiar with non-odorous ball-point pens and plastic pen boxes - a reminder that the odour cues of one generation may be meaningless to the following generation. The oil from the cedarwood tree, along with the oils from the trees - patchouli, pine, sandalwood and the woody-earthy oil Vetiver (actually from a grass and not a tree) have formed...

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Toffee

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Focus Aroma : Rum Aroma Kit : Toffee

The cooked sugars and molasses from Rum production give a cooked candy element including the well-known and much-loved toffee aroma which is typically quite easy for people to identify – as compared to many aroma nuances. In general, in many rum brands, the toffee aromas are constructed around a blend of buttery and creamy aromas that are in turn nuanced with other aroma types to provide many different expressions of toffee aroma and flavour. For example, many toffee aromas have both roasted and nutty aromas in the background.The toffee type we include in the Aroma Academy Rum Aroma Kit is...

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