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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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NEW : Launch of Rum Aroma Kit

NEW : Launch of Rum Aroma Kit

The Aroma Academy is delighted to announce the official launch of the Rum Aroma Kit – the latest in our series of “Self learn” aroma recognition kits which guide you on your route to expertise in your chosen field. After many months of careful development work by Dr George Dodd and invaluable feedback from Rum experts and enthusiasts including Ian Burrell (Global Rum Ambassador and founder of UK RumFest) and Pete Holland (TheFloatingRumShack.com) the kits are now released! (available NOW at www.aroma-academy.co.uk and from our US distributors from the 15th of June.) The Rum Aroma Kit includes 24 Aroma Solutions...

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Aroma of the Week : Whisky Aroma Kit : Phenolic

Aroma of the Week : Whisky Aroma Kit : Phenolic

The family of aroma molecules called “phenols” (from which the adjective phenolic comes) are the distinctive - and often defining - aroma molecules in many whiskies. The phenol category also represents one key “raison d'être” for the Aroma Academy Whisky Aroma Kits. Many whisky enthusiasts read flavour notes for Whiskies, particularly examples from Islay and other island, Single Malt Scotch Whiskies, and they often encounter the term “phenolic.” At the Aroma Academy, we are often asked, “What does a typical phenolic aroma actually smell like?” Well, fortunately, all the Whisky Aroma Kits contain examples of typical Phenolic Aromas including one...

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Aroma of the Week: Gin Aroma Kit: Juniper Notes

Aroma of the Week: Gin Aroma  Kit: Juniper Notes

The characteristic scent of Juniper berry is the signature aroma and flavour of all Gins. Indeed, when we present a smelling strip “blind” with a variant of juniper it is commonly described as ‘Gin’ or a ‘Gin and Tonic’ - especially by those who are meeting this glorious aroma for the first time. If you are already a Gin lover or a Gin connoisseur - whether you know it or not - your love has been stimulated by the unmistakable bright and fresh aroma of juniper oil. Given the chemical complexity of the aromatics in Juniper oil, we would expect,...

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