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Master Class Dates

Whisky Master Class London Art House

Whisky Master Class London Art House

We are delighted to announce the dates for our next set of Master Classes on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2012 in London which will be led by our Director of Science & Technology – Dr George Dodd.

These events are a rare opportunity to have direct access to George in a small group which allow for significant interaction in an informal setting – and they are a lot of fun!

We are returning to the London Art House which has proven to be a very successful venue for the Master Classes held in London in the past.

Wednesday, the 2nd of May will feature the Whisky Aroma Master Class whilst the class on Thursday the 3rd of May will feature the Gin Aroma Master Class.

The Agenda for each day follows a similar structure with a common introduction regarding the key source of flavour – the sense of smell, some key learning points regarding training your sense of smell (including some “insider tips”) and recommendations regarding “nosing” and “tasting” – find out how we do it!

The days then diverge significantly with an exploration of the key aromas behind the diverse flavours of different whisky and gin types, an exploration of the source of the flavours – and, of course, some sampling!

There are a few places still available – but we deliberately limit the numbers for these Master Classes with George so please Book Online soon if you would like to participate!

We look forward to seeing some of you there – and helping you on your journey to expertise!

Introduction to Phenols (Public)

The family of aroma molecules called “phenols” (from which the adjective phenolic comes) are the distinctive – and almost defining – aroma molecules in many whiskies.

The phenol category also represents a key “raison d’être” for the Aroma Academy Whisky Aroma Kits. Many whisky enthusiasts read tasting notes for Whiskies, particularly examples such as 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 an example of a typical Phenolic Aroma. Register this aroma in your “smell brain” and you will be able to isolate the phenolic aroma amongst the myriad of wonderful aromas in a complex whisky. Future blogs will explore the complete Phenolic family in some detail and phenols will also feature in our planned selection of additional aromas.

Our Director of Science and Technology, Dr George Dodd provides the following scientific overview of the difference between phenols and alcohols …… “It is easy to get a grasp of the fundamentals of all phenol molecules. A hexagonal ring of 6 carbon atoms with all of the carbon atoms lying in the same plane…

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Introduction to Phenols (Members only)

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