Measurement of the volatile profiles of alcoholic beverages, such as Whisky are important both for understanding flavour characteristics and investigating counterfeit products. The Multi-Volatile Method (MVM) is a potential alternative to using the more established approach of headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME), which can have limitations in the range of components detected. In this work the MVM method used two DHS extractions –one with the Shincarbon/Carbopack Trap and the other with Tenax TA. MVM results were qualitatively compared with those from a single DHS extraction using Tenax and HS-SPME using a mixed fibre (DVB/CAR/PDMS). MVM was shown to extract the widest range of components including acetaldehyde, oaklactone and 2-Hydroxymethylfurfural, which were not observed with the other techniques.
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Comparison of Extraction Techniques for Volatiles in Whisky