Fusel Oils

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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fusel oils, a general collective term for the complex, unpleasant-smelling, and varied mixtures of natural organic chemicals that are separable as wine is distilled into brandy in a continuous still. They are predominantly by-products of the nitrogen metabolism of the yeast during fermentation and of only minor importance to the wine drinker since they represent such a small proportion of wine.