Flavor Bites: Anisyl Alcohol


Anisyl alcohol, i.e. 4-Methoxy benzyl alcohol (FEMA#2099, CAS# 105-13-5), is a very interesting floral note. The dominant floral character is clearly the familiar hawthorn note from hedgerows, but the profile is soft, deep and not at all aggressive. This lack of obvious odor impact results in the bulk of this chemical being used in flavors rather than fragrances. Also, the main fragrance use of anisyl alcohol is in vanilla fragrances rather than floral compositions.

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