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kerrymutter



Fermenting (11)
Location: CA, US

Oct 20, 2008 07:38 PM

So I'd really love to be able to explain what I'm smelling like the pros and have eyeballed the "scent kits" every time I see them at Wine Styles and William Sonoma. They're not exactly cheap though.... Does anyone have experience with them? Are they worth it?? Will it help me?
oeno



Fermenting (11)
Location: NY, US

Oct 21, 2008 05:58 PM

I've played around with the kits. They are pretty cool. I don't know if they'll make you a pro, but if you have the time to look at the cards and the nose to handle a bundle of different scents then you may like it. I think they're beneficial but fun more than anything, especially with a group.
kaymudt



Fermenting (38)
Location: CA, US

Oct 21, 2008 06:06 PM

I definitely think they're more fun if you're trying to recognize the scents with a group....

I opened a bottle one afternoon and tried myself and was bored within minutes. :) Plus, I need reassurance that I'm identifying the scents correctly...haha.
Ben



Newbie (3)
Location: CA, US

Oct 23, 2008 11:34 AM

we bought one and took it to a tasting party. it was definitely a lot of fun.
grapetrade



Fermenting (16)
Location: Milan, IT

Oct 23, 2008 12:10 PM

Get the one that has 54 aromas. If you can find this for $350USD or less thats is a good price. The kit should come with a book of the details each aroma, why it occurs in wine, its corresponding molecule, as well as, an extensive listing of the regions and specific wines in which it is found.

Smell the aromas, try to identify them and let yourself and your friends be drawn into the pleasure of the game. You will soon find that Le Nez du Vin has effortlessly developed your sense of smell and empowered you with a common vocabulary to describe, understand and better enjoy wine.

These kits are fun to use on your own or for parties.

Here are the scents to look for:

Fruit Aromas
01 - Lemon
02 - Grapefruit
03 - Orange
04 - Pineapple
05 - Banana
06 - Lychee
07 - Melon
08 - Muscat
09 - Apple
10 - Pear
11 - Quince
12 - Strawberry
13 - Raspberry
14 - Redcurrant
15 - Blackcurrant
16 - Bilberry
17 - Blackberry
18 - Cherry
19 - Apricot
20 - Peach
21 - Almond (kernel)
22 - Prune
23 - Walnut

Floral Aromas
24 - Hawthorn
25 - Acacia
26 - Linden
27 - Honey
28 - Rose
29 - Violet

Vegetal Aromas
30 - Green pepper
31 - Mushroom
32 - Truffle
33 - Yeast
34 - Cedar
35 - Pine
36 - Licorice
37 - Blackcurrant bud
38 - Cut hay
39 - Thyme
40 - Vanilla
41 - Cinnamon
42 - Clove
43 - Pepper
44 - Saffron

Animal Aromas
45 - Leather
46 - Musk
47 - Butter

Grilled Aromas
48 - Toasted bread
49 - Roasted almonds
50 - Roasted hazelnut
51 - Caramel
52 - Coffee
53 - Dark chocolate
54 - Smoked

Good luck!

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Quote By: kerrymutter

So I'd really love to be able to explain what I'm smelling like the pros and have eyeballed the "scent kits" every time I see them at Wine Styles and William Sonoma. They're not exactly cheap though.... Does anyone have experience with them? Are they worth it?? Will it help me?
Sierra



Fermenting (22)
Location: CA, US

Oct 26, 2008 03:23 AM

Okay, I am totally turned onto the idea of the Wine "Scent" Kit. This will definitely be on my Christmas list. Can't wait to try it - sounds like a lot of fun for my next get together.
Bob Davies



Fermenting (10)
Location: CA, US

Oct 26, 2008 03:53 PM

I highly recommend it. Our daughter had a wonderful dinner with several family and friends. We were a mixed group of wine connoisseurs and novices. The Wine "Scent" Kit was a huge hit with the entire group.
kistlcat



Newbie (4)
Location: CA, US

Oct 29, 2008 08:07 PM

My daughter got me a Wine Aroma Wheel.... It's obviously only two dimensional, so you can't smell anything but paper :) But it really helped me learn to describe what I was smelling in the wines. ...Plus it's only $5!!! It was invented by a professor at UC Davis.

I highly recommend it!

http://bookstore.ucdavis.edu/Display.cfm?itemId=526

Have fun!
Mary M



Fermenting (18)
Location: CA, US

Nov 06, 2008 12:51 AM

Hey Kistlcat, thanks for the Wine Aroma Wheel idea. The $350 Wine Scent Kit is a bit much for my current budget. However, $5 will work. I look forward to giving it a try.
ween



Newbie (9)
Location: CA, US

Nov 14, 2008 10:32 PM

I am so excited! I put the Wine Scent Kit on the top of my Christmas list. Will share my opinion in the New Year.
tmbarry



Newbie (2)
Location: CA, US

Nov 19, 2008 08:34 PM

http://www.wineenthusiast.com/wine-essence-kit.asp

here's a great little kit for a killer price!
Mary M



Fermenting (18)
Location: CA, US

Jan 06, 2009 04:23 AM

Just to let everyone know - the Wine Aroma Wheel is the greatest thing since sliced bread. A must have.

 

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