Bourbon Nosing Kit (Original)

by Nose Your Bourbon


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 this kit represent the wood, grain, sweet, spice and fruit/floral categories commonly found in a bourbon tasting wheel. Includes 18 elements in screw top containers and instructions for how to get the most out of the kit, all held in a convenient travel case.

Elements included:

  • 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
*Contains peanuts. Not for consumption.

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

"This is a great addition for any bourbon lover. Using this kit has helped me articulate what I am tasting in the bourbon. I would highly recommend them!" - Bobby C.

"This kit is great for those who enjoy bourbon and are looking to take that next step. It helps you identify specific elements in the nose and reconcile those with the tastes on your palate." Stuart G.

"If you are new to bourbon, or a long time lover of it, this kit will help expand your palate and really help you identify what you are drinking! I highly recommend this product." Scott M.

"Love this kit. I've never been fantastic at identifying specific elements in a bourbon, and while I'm still not awesome, this kit is a fun way to improve." Chad J.

Customer Reviews

Based on 99 reviews
Jerry Riggs
Great Kit

Ordered this kit as a birthday present for myself. Love having samples of items I typically don't have around the house to nose such as oak and tobacco. I have told a couple of my friend about this and highly recommend that they order one as well.

Happy birthday Jerry! So glad you're enjoying the kit, and I appreciate you helping spread the word. Cheers!

Chris @ Distillery Reviews

There's a straight up piece of leather on this kit. How many times has someone told you something smells like leather and you've been like "damn, wish I had some leather handy that wasn't my shoes"? Never again. Just open your kit.

Also, please be careful with the cinnamon and don't spill it everywhere like I did when I opened it. That stuff is overpowering.

The ingredients in the kit I ordered are fresh, and I am going to order more kits because I'm jealous of how good of a gift it is for others.

Thank you so much for the kind review! Haha, love the leather comment, it's so true. Really appreciate the support!

cool kit

This is a Christmas gift for my wife. She is an avid bourbon drinker. The service on set and contacts were the best. Very veteran fiendly, fast shipping. great people to deal with. Once we try the test kit out, we will update.

Excellent kit!

Use each time i try a new whiskey. Comes well packaged.

Lynne Lawson
Nosing kit

Have been working with it. Need more practice, but love it so far!

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