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Aroma of the Week : Gin Aroma Kit : Cucumber

Aroma of the Week : Gin Aroma Kit : Cucumber

The refreshing and uplifting green cucumber aroma has excited interest in the new generation of Gins which explore more adventurous interpretations of traditional Gin aromas and flavours. Every Gin lover will associate this aroma as a signature scent of the celebrated and popular Scottish Gin – Hendricks which introduced this radical green aroma into the traditional Gin Aroma profile in 1998. The family of green smells is amongst the most important in international perfumery and international foods. We think of the green, but individually distinctive smells of, freshly cut grass, freshly cut cucumbers, bright green seaweeds and green peppers to...

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Aroma of the Week : Rum Aroma Kit : Coconut

Aroma of the Week : Rum Aroma Kit : Coconut

Coconut is another aroma note that covers a wide spectrum of flavours from the flesh of white coconut through to the toasted coconut flavour of macaroons. The Aroma Standard in the Aroma Academy Rum Aroma Kit tends more towards a flesh white coconut aroma. The coconut aroma comes from some unusual esters and appears in some rums with a delightful mild halo of toasted notes. Rums containing the coconut aroma can also exhibit more of a distinct desiccated coconut note which develops from the cask finish during ageing. See our Rum Aroma Kit for more information.  

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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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