Description and usage notes:
Naturally occurring in coffee, whiskey and osmanthus absolute. This unusual, and very distinctive, phenolic note is used as a part of the industry standard blend Suederal.
Related in odour to its isomer 2,5-Xylenol, but 2,6-Xylenol leans even further away from the Guaiacol-like ‘sweet-vanilla-smoky-bacon’ note and instead has a distinct phenolic-medicinal ‘Lysol’ aspect. Those who have detected the delicate ‘band-aid’ note in some natural Oud oils, will immediately recognise this compound as one of its sources. It also has distinct notes of Saffron / Safraleine and a Rooty / Peaty nuance.
As such, this ingredient works well, in traces, to help build a convincing naturalistic Oud accord, or to emphasise a medicinal aspect in any composition. In addition it can be used in some floral accords to support medicinal notes like methyl benzoate in flowers like Narcissus, Tuberose and Lily. And as part of a Whisky or Tar accord.
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