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Flavor Bites: 2-Methyl Butyric Acid

By: John Wright
Posted: June 24, 2011, from the July 2011 issue of P&F magazine.

2-Methyl butyric acid (FEMA# 2695, CAS# 116-53-0) is a notably different in character from the closely related unbranched aliphatic fatty acti valeric acid (FEMA# 3102, CAS# 503-75-2). It has a mild, soft, dried fruit character, whereas the related fatty acids are stronger, but much more one-dimensional and cheesy in character. 2-Methyl butyric acid is very widely distributed in nature and has an unusually wide spectrum of use in flavors.

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