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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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Aroma of the Week: Bourbon Aroma Kit : Corn

Aroma of the Week: Bourbon Aroma Kit : Corn

This is a seminal aroma note for Bourbon as the primary grain used in this type of drink is indeed corn. The particular aroma mixture we have devised in our Bourbon Aroma Kit - to represent the type of corn aroma that is relevant for a Bourbon - is exceedingly complex and we have had to add many trace secondary aroma molecules to achieve the optimal corn aroma. Besides hints of corn type aromas you might be reminded of a malty influence or aspects of warm bread crust or a rye-type bread. A really discerning nose might just be able...

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Aroma of the Week: Wine Aroma Kit : Blackcurrant

Aroma of the Week: Wine Aroma Kit :  Blackcurrant

When considering our aroma and flavour categories, It is easy to appreciate that blackcurrant belongs to the sub-division of berry in the general category of fruity. In fact, when you are nosing an unknown red wine, the likely sequence of your mental pictures as you sniff and reflect are likely to be – first, fruity and then - on more sniffing – berry and then on sniffing again you may very well identify the unique blackcurrant aroma note. It is unmistakable when you know it. This aroma note plays such a prominent role in the aroma profile of red wines...

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Aroma of the Week : Rum Aroma Kit : Molasses

Aroma of the Week : Rum Aroma Kit : Molasses

To complement the exciting release of the Aroma Academy Rum Aroma Kit, we have decided to feature one of the signature aroma notes in many rums – Molasses - as our Aroma of the Week. The tale of molasses is a simple one but the underlying chemistry of the aroma production is one of the most complex in the spirits drinks industry.  The sugar-rich juice from sugar cane is boiled to concentrate it and to allow the familiar sugar to appear as crystals after cooling. This is the first syrup or first molasses stage. The more viscous and more deeply...

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