Grandma’s legacy-Bourbon Whiskey Flavor

Grandma's Bourbon Balls

My grandmother turned 103 last weekend. It is difficult to imagine living to be 103.  By 103 years old, your health declines and you have outlived most of your friends. The reward is that you become the matriarch. Matriarchs are dominant, fair, tough, feminine leaders. I feel lucky to have a matriarch as a role model. This year, my family felt it was important that I get some of my grandmother's things. Included was an antique hall table, an antique pitcher and Grandma's cookbook. The hall table evoked memories of playing cards, since the second drawer down on the left was the place she kept the playing cards for the family's favorite game Tripoly.  Other valuable memories were stored in her cookbook. Memories of tamale pie, persimmon … [Read more...]

laevo-Linalool FEMA 2635

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My parents never bought sugar cereal. I had to go to Grandma's house for the "good cereal". Froot Loops was a cereal I enjoyed at Grandma's house and I remember and the characteristic sweet citrusy smell when I poured milk on them. My first impression of laevo Linalool was "Froot Loops". Other flavor chemists or perfumers might describe linalool as spicy, floral, woody, fresh and reminiscent of household cleaner. Linalool is a terpene alcohol, meaning it a component found in many plants. It is found naturally in citrus, bergamot, coriander, cinnamon, rosewood, laurel, mint, basil, birch, berries, grape, celery, peas, potatoes, cloves, cumin, mustard., etc. Linalool is an inexpensive flavor material.  It finds its way into many … [Read more...]

There’s money in Menthol

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Menthol is the most important flavoring chemical. Without menthol it would be difficult to get that cool clean feeling when we brush our teeth or chew gum. Cough syrups and drops wouldn't cool the throat and open nasal passages. In 2007, it was estimated that production of menthol was in excess of 19,000 metric tons.  Because of it's importance, there is a huge demand for this flavor chemical. It is a natural material and therefore subject to price fluctuations as a result of envrionmental conditions. Naturally, peppermint oil (Mentha piperita) contains approximately 35-45% menthol and corn mint oil (Mentha arvensis) contains 65-75% menthol. Mentha arvensis is largely grown in India and used to produce menthol. Because menthol is a … [Read more...]

I am Strawberry

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By labeling a person in a single category you leave nothing more for them to be. In order to streamline processes, though, managers label and categorize flavor chemists. Depending on the situation, I've been labeled: natural color expert, savory flavor chemist, sweet flavor chemist, natural flavorist, beverage flavorist, mint flavorist, safety expert and food applications chemist. These are  the positive labels that I've been given; the negative labels were considered, but eventually blocked out. The most lasting label I've had is "strawberry". Strawberry is one of the top ten flavors for yogurt. It is the second favorite flavor for yogurt after vanilla. (Euromonitor 2007, top 10 flavored yogurts). Strawberry flavor is also popular for … [Read more...]