Vanilla tincture prepared using comminuted vanilla beans (Madagascar) @10% in pure ethyl alcohol.
The process is trivial: maceration of the beans in alcohol at room temp. for 9 months and filtration.
The odour is quite satisfying, with a rich vanilla bouquet – similar to vanilla absolute though thinner and more volatile.
The topnotes are not very convincing due to a certain sweet-woody note of sweet almonds. The body is a nice rich, dense vanilla. The dryout is a creamy vanillin.
Not as beautiful as the resinoid or the absolute, but certainly easier to produce.
I am now investigating the undesirable nuance of almond – I’d prefer to get a darker, heavier, even greasy accent instead of an almondy feeling. This same note is also perceptible in the hot extract I made (infusion). I am now producing new extracts, in order to make a comparison. An update on this subject is in progress.