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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 : 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 : 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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