Deluxe Wine Essences Collection - 40 Piece Set
This Deluxe Essence Set is an essential for anyone interested in learning about the makings of wine. Composed of 40 aromas that are most easily identified in wines: 12 basic aromas for the white wine, 12 basic aromas for the red wine plus 16 complex aromas and defects that can be found in the wine. The set contains 40 flasks with aromas and a booklet with information needed to learn how to detect certain aroma in the wine. Sets like this are used by wine merchants, wineries, and educators as a tool to develop senses for the complex components of wines during tasting. This set covers the complete range of aromas that are essential for a successful wine tasting. Comes packaged in a signature metal box.
Deluxe Wine Essences Collection - 40 Piece Set Reviews
|Average Customer Rating:|
|(based on 1 reviews)|
|ACCEPTABLE BUT NOT GREAT|
|Comments:||Bought this as an alternative to the $400 kit. Was happy that there were 40 scents, which included faults. I would say 25 of the 40 were good, 10 were very artificial and difficult to decipher, and 5 were just awful (the black truffle, grapefruit, honey, hay, and green bell pepper). Also disappointing was then when mine arrived, though packaged well, at least 15 if the vials had leaked and had lost half their contents. And of course boxwood had to be one that leaked and the whole kits smells like that now, you can't handle a vial without having the boxwood (which smells more like sandlewood to me) scent all over your hands. I needed it 3 days later to teach a class so unfortunately I couldn't send it back and wait for a new one. If you just want something to help learn, it's a fine kit. If you're super serious, you will most likely be disappointed.|
|Bottom Line:||I would not recommend this product.|
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Pick a vial, and read the description in the booklet first. Then, open the vial and hold it no closer than 6 to 8 inches from your nose. The smell will reach your nose in a second or two. Take your time in going from essence to essence. You might only want to do a few at a time. You may prefer to arrange a "group training" that will allow you to further challenge your olfactory abilities. After you and others have taken the complete "lesson," you can test one another. Have someone else open the vials (covering the number) while you, with open booklet in hand, try to match the essence with the page in the booklet. You will be quite surprised how well you will remember these smells. The next time you taste wine, you may want to test your memory first. Then, if necessary, go back and check the booklet and vials.
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