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Aroma of the Week : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Cherry

Aroma of the Week : Bourbon Aroma Kit : Cherry

The cherry aroma is featured in the flavour notes of many Bourbons. It is a member of the Rosaceae family with both sweet and sour varieties. Cherries have a fresh, green, fruity note with almond scent emanating from the seed/pip. Cherries also have floral and spicy qualities with a hint of tannin when dried. A unique type of fruity note that is typically easily recognised, the version in our Bourbon Aroma Kit is bright and cheerful but with an under-note feature of a mild dark note that is found in dark cherries. As you would expect for any fruity note,...

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Aroma of the Week : Wine Aroma Kit : Asparagus

Aroma of the Week : Wine Aroma Kit : Asparagus

Reactions to the aroma of Asparagus are extraordinarily variable both in terms of liking and sensitivity. These two variables are not unelated as, if you are very sensitive to this class of aroma molecules you are likely to find the aroma in general, and the aroma standard in our Wine Aroma Kit in particular, unpleasant, whereas, if you are less sensitive, you may find it particularly likeable.  One of the best professional noses in Scotland for classic malt whisky took one sniff of this Aroma in our Kit and smiled with pleasure, saying that it reminded him of his favourite...

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Aroma of the Week : Whisky Aroma Kit : Buttery (Warm melted butter)

Aroma of the Week : Whisky Aroma Kit : Buttery (Warm melted butter)

The particular buttery aroma found in whiskies is due to the presence of a chemical called diacetyl. The pure chemical is irritating and pungent, but when diluted to the correct level it manifests the alluring aroma of warm melted butter. If you hunt for this note in a Whisky which is known to have a buttery note you will detect it in a single sniff - but you may miss it on a second sniff. Diacetyl strongly manifests a particular aroma phenomenon and so we take this opportunity to remind you of this general property – the often huge change...

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Aroma of the Week : Gin Aroma Kit : Orris

Aroma of the Week : Gin Aroma Kit : Orris

Orris is an excellent example of the diversity and unexpected origin of many aromatic and perfume ingredients – after all who would expect a root (rhizome) to have such a gloriously rich and sensuous Violet scent as we are used to the flowers playing the aromatic role in the plant world. However, over some thousands of years of non-recorded history, the herbalists, the alchemists and the perfumers explored every plant they obtained in a feverish search for some big new thing in scent. The aromaticity of the Orris is understandable in terms of biochemistry, but the discovery of this scent...

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Featured Aroma of the Week: Rum Aroma Kit: Fusel Oil

Featured Aroma of the Week: Rum Aroma Kit: Fusel Oil

The Fermentation process yields ethanol and other alcohols and pot still distillation, in particular, reveals this note. Column still distillation separates the notes extremely efficiently and so the column still process typically produces a lighter, less characterful, liquid. Fusel Oil is associated with the “tail” of the distillation and some Rum blenders add back these fusel notes to the lighter mix in the first stage in the column to give more character and body. However this does not always integrate smoothly and therefore becomes a prominent note as compared to the pot still distillation of rums where the fusel note...

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