Bourbon Nosing Original and Expansion Kit Bundle

by Nose Your Bourbon


Want to be able to detect the 36 most common aromas in bourbon? Introducing the Original and Expansion nosing kit bundle.

Do you roll your eyes when you read reviews that note "dark cherry, brown sugar, and leather," and think, there is NO WAY that someone is tasting all of that in their bourbon? I did too, until I realized that it was simply a lack of experience, and that I could train my nose to find the nuances in bourbon. Sensory scientists have proven that over 80% of what we taste comes from what we smell, and that's why I created these bourbon nosing kits. By simply training your nose to become more familiar with these aromas, you'll be able to more easily detect them in a glass of bourbon.

How it works:

  1. Pour some bourbon in a glass and swirl it around gently.
  2. Nose (smell) one of the elements, then nose your bourbon.
  3. Take a small sip and “chew” the bourbon around in your mouth for 5-10 seconds before swallowing.
  4. Nose the element and the bourbon again. The aromas present should be more amplified now.
  5. Take note of what aromas you find in the bourbon you’re nosing. If it smells sweet, can you get more specific? Maybe it’s more like vanilla, honey, or brown sugar. If it's spicy, is it a cinnamon spice or black pepper spice?
  6. Repeat the process with each element to see what other nuances you can find in your glass

Other nosing kits cost hundreds of dollars and use synthetic aromas made in a lab. These kits are made with the REAL ingredients for the most authentic aroma.

The elements in these kits represent the wood, grain, sweet, spice and fruit/floral categories commonly found in a bourbon tasting wheel. Includes 36 elements in screw top containers and instructions for how to get the most out of the kits, all held in convenient travel cases.

Original Kit elements include:

  • Vanilla (bean)
  • Caramel
  • Honey
  • Cocoa (powder)
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cherry (dried)
  • Tobacco (premium pipe tobacco)
  • Leather (100% genuine leather)
  • Allspice
  • Clove
  • Black Pepper
  • Cinnamon Mint (crushed leaves)
  • Peanut (powder)
  • Oak
  • Corn
  • Wheat
  • Rye

Expansion Kit elements include:

  • Rose
  • Plum
  • Coconut
  • Apricot
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Coffee
  • Red Pepper
  • Nutmeg
  • Herbal Tea
  • Dill
  • Graham Cracker
  • Butterscotch
  • White Chocolate
  • Almond
  • Pine (nuts)
  • Walnut Hazelnut
*Contains peanuts. Not for consumption.

Bring these kits to your next bourbon or whiskey tasting and take your conversations to the next level!

Customer Reviews

Based on 8 reviews
Tony Fatuch
good but...

just a thought, use cinnamon sticks instead of powder

Thank you for the feedback, Tony! I actually tried cinnamon sticks early on and they unfortunately lost aroma too quickly. Always open to new ideas and feedback like this though! Cheers :)

james nase

This kit has been very useful for discerning flavor notes. It has prompted my wife and myself to be able to taste/smell things we would otherwise not identify.

Thank you for the kind review! Glad to hear that the kit has been beneficial for you already :) Cheers!

Gerry Lozeau
Recent Nose Kit Purchase

I bought a second, larger, nosing kit ((18) containers. This should be the first choice, and I would suggest eliminating the limited smaller container. If possible, the offered scent choices should be stronger to be more helpful for newbies like me. Some scents are very weak, which is not helpful to anyone trying to improve their bourbon palate and ability to make “scents” of various, newly purchased bottles on the KY Bourbon Trail AND Craft Tour.

Hey Gerry! Thanks so much for the review. Because Nose Your Bourbon™ kits use natural ingredients and nothing is added to boost aromas, some ingredients will have a weaker aroma than others, just as they do in their natural states. If you’re having trouble picking up the aroma for any ingredient, exhale through your nose into the container before you inhale. This will warm the ingredient slightly and get some air moving, both which will make it easier to detect the aroma. I hope that helps!


Highly recommend if you are just getting in to the nuances of bourbon. Accurate scents and helped us a ton on a recent guys trip.

Very useful

I ordered this kit to help with nosing Bourbon. And I was hopeful that it would help me when I am nosing Wine as well. It succeeds on both counts. I would like to see a second advanced nosing kit. Something that is especially focused on wine.

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