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Flavor Bites: 5-Methyl-6,7-dihydro-5H-cyclopentapyrazine

By: John Wright
Posted: July 20, 2011, from the August 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

Pyrazines and similar nitrogenous chemicals fall, for the most part, into three main odor categories: roasted, peanut or popcorn. They also sometimes display a mixture of these three notes. 5-Methyl-6,7-dihydro-5H-cyclopentapyrazine (FEMA# 3306, CAS# 273747-48-0) is no exception. It combines elements of the roasted and peanut categories with an added hint of an earthy note.

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