Description and usage notes:
At Pell Wall, we find 4-ethylphenol a magnificent, unique and versatile smoky-animalic note. It doesn’t have the sweet bacon aspect of a lot of Guaiacol-like ingredients. Instead it’s a tremendously rich and elegant leathery-animalic note – reminiscent of a barnyard or zoo – but without any faecal or urinous aspect. Think horse-blankets and leather-workshop. In combination with raspberry ketone, some of the secrets of Oud begin to reveal themselves.
Sometimes known as an off-note in beer and wine, in fact, at very low concentrations it contributes to the warm depth of flavour in some of the finest French wines – Château Mouton Rothschild, Château Lafitte Rothschild and Château Latour.
Use alongside 2,5-Xylenol, 2,6-Xylenol, to help build and modify sophisticated Oud accords, or with floral ingredients to give a superb animalic note to particular floral accords – ylang, narcissus and lily. It obviously works wonderfully in leather and woody compositions too.