Bourbon Steward Sensory Training Kit

Bourbon Stewards know how important it is to keep your sniffer trained in the art of nosing. It’s the best way to learn about a whiskey and can help you make the most out of any sipping experience.

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The route to expertise in bourbon lies in the ability to recognize the signature aromas of the distillate at every stage of production. This sensory kit is designed to strengthen and hone the skills of detecting and recognizing the extensive spectrum of aromas created during the entire bourbon production process, from grain to finished product.

Aromas include:

  1. Acetaldehyde
  2. Acetone
  3. Methanol
  4. Ethyl Acetate
  5. Ethyl Alcohol
  6. Propyl Alcohol
  7. Butyl Alcohol
  8. Acetic Acid
  9. Amyl Alcohol
  10. Furfural
  11. Heads
  12. Hearts
  13. Tails
  14. Corn
  15. Rye
  16. Wheat
  17. Malt
  18. Oak
  19. Cedar
  20. Banana
  21. Cherry
  22. Orange
  23. Pear/Apple
  24. Vanilla
  25. Caramel
  26. Cocoa
  27. Brown Spice
  28. Nut
  29. Herbal
  30. Butter
  31. Toast
  32. Tobacco
  33. Leather
  34. Smoke
  35. Earthy
  36. Grass

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