Written by: Tim Edison

Updated on: June 14, 2019

How To Make An Ultimate Wine Aroma Kit

How To Make An Ultimate Wine Aroma Kit

As a wine enthusiast, as soon as I found out about the existence of the wine aroma kits I knew that I had to have one. At least until I saw its price.

A wine aroma kit is an essential wine tasting tool but is it really worth investing in one if you are not a true connoisseur? Probably yes! And if you’d rather spend more money on wine, it is definitely worth making your own wine aroma kit at home.

If you don’t have the knowledge of a sommelier, find out what a wine aroma kit is, how to make one and how to use it like a pro!

What Is A Wine Aroma Kit?

A wine aroma kit is nothing but a fancy set of essence vials that contain the various aromas present in most types of red and white wines.

The vials usually come arranged in a suitcase, they are labeled with the name of the aroma you’re supposed to smell and the set is usually accompanied by other accessories, such as a wine aroma wheel and other useful wine tasting tools.

Such a kit is really important to have if you want to learn more about the beverage you love. In fact, if you’re not a true passionate or an experienced sommelier, you might never understand that smoked nougat coffee aroma people talk about when tasting an aged red.

A wine aroma kit will help you learn the smell of the most common aromas as each vial encloses a different scent. In this way, at your next wine tasting, you will be able to tell the difference between a quality wine and a poor wine by simply smelling it.

On the other hand, the wine aroma wheel chart is a useful tool that helps you understand whether the aroma and flavor of a wine are of quality.

Wine aroma kits are available commercially, yet many wine lovers find them a bit expensive. For this reason, if DIY appeals to you, making your wine aroma kit at home might seem to be a good solution. Let’s see how to make it!

How To Make Your Own Wine Aroma Kit

Wine Aroma Kit

Making a wine aroma kit is fairly simple. All you’ll need is a few easy-to-find ingredients and items, a beautiful box and a bit of patience.

Before starting, note that you should select wines of a great quality if you want to make a wine aroma kit you can use.

You will need:

White Wine:

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    Pinot Grigio;
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    Sauvignon Blanc;
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    White Muscat.

Red Wine:

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    Pinot Noir;​​​​​​​
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    Red Muscat.

Herbs & Fruits For White Wines:

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    Citrus Zest​​​​;
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    Bay Leaf.

Spices & Fruits For Red Wines:

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    Black Raisins;
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    Spices & Fruits For Red Wines;
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    Small glass vials​​​​​;
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    Case or suitcase with dividers.

 How To Make The Kit:

  1. Wash the vials and make sure they are completely odorless before proceeding.
  2. Label each vial and write the name of the spice, herb, or fruit you are going to use on the label. To make this kit you will need 60 vials and labels, four vials for each ingredient and also the name of the wine you will pour in each vial.
  3. Place a small quantity of fruit, herb or spice in each vial, making sure to match the ingredient with the label.
  4. Fill the vials with wine, paying attention to add white wine in the vials corresponding to the ingredients listed for white wines and red in all the others. You should end up with one vial of aroma for each of the wines used, distinguishing between different aromas for reds and whites.
  5. Cap the vials and place them in a box or suitcase. Leave them to rest for a couple of days.
  6. Your wine aroma kit is ready to use.

How To Use A Wine Aroma Kit?

Wine Flavors charts

Now that you have a wine aroma kit, it is time to learn how to use it. First of all, you should find a wine aroma chart like the one in the photo above and print it.

You will also need a notebook and a pencil to note down aromas and personal impressions on each wine.

To start, take out the first vial of your kit, check the label out and note it down. Open the vial and smell the aroma. Note down any impressions and personal feelings that will help you remember that particular aroma in future, then proceed to the next vial. While noting down the impressions check the wine aroma chart to see if the wine is of good quality.

Once you have smelled all the essences, mix the vials up and pick one of them. Don’t read the label this time but open the vial and smell the essence without knowing which one it is. Go to your notes and try to determine which is the aroma and the wine based on your previous impressions. Check and see if you got it right.

Once you have familiarized yourself with all the aromas and are able to tell it without reading the label or the notes, it is time to go to the next level and actually try to determine the aromas in a wine you didn’t taste before.

To do this, buy a quality wine without reading its label, as it will probably give indications on what aromas you should identify.

Pour yourself a glass of wine, swirl the beverage and feel the bouquet. Write down the aromas you believe are present in the wine, then check your previous notes and see if it matches anything you have identified before.

If it matches any of the aromas you have written down, take the corresponding vial and see if the two aromas really match. Check the accuracy by consulting the wine chart then read the actual label of the wine to find out if you identified the correct aromas.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, making and using a wine aroma kit is easy. Yet, this process will certainly help you understand this beverage better. And in this way, at the next wine tasting, you’ll know exactly what smoked nougat coffee aroma in an aged red means!

About the Author Tim Edison

Although not having any formal training in wine, Tim has developed an irrefutable love of wine and interest in anything related to it ever since his late teens.

Coming from a family of wine lovers, it was from a young age that he got exposed to wine and the culture that goes with it.

Tim has travelled to dozens of wine regions across the world including those in France, Italy, California, Australia, and South Africa.

It is with great joy that he hopes to share those experiences here on wineturtle.com and take you along on the journey for a second time!

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