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Flavor Bites: δ-Octalactone

By: John Wright
Posted: December 22, 2010, from the January 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

δ-Octalactone (FEMA# 3214, CAS# 698-76-0) is, puzzingly, one of the least widely used of the entire family of lactones. It has an attractive, predominantly coconut character with significant creamy and hay notes. However, most creative interest amongst δ-lactones is typically directed toward δ-decalactone (FEMA# 2361, CAS# 705-86-2) and δ-dodecalactone (FEMA# 2401, CAS# 713-95-1), both of which are predominantly creamy in character.

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