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Methyl Mercaptan

By: John Wright
Posted: February 24, 2012, from the March 2012 issue of P&F magazine.

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  • March 2012 issue, pg 20
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Regular readers of my column may have noted a modest bias toward sulfur compounds that have spectacular effects in less-than-obvious applications. The key benefit of admitting an obvious bias is that it can then be further indulged without undue guilt.

Methyl mercaptan (FEMA# 2716, CAS# 74-93-1) has a unique aroma, reminiscent of asparagus and cabbages, and is clearly a great candidate for a wide range of vegetable flavors. However, it is also surprisingly important in many other diverse flavor types.

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