Why does vanilla essence taste different in water than in milk?

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Mike Berry

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Mike Berry  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hi

If you take a bottle of vanilla essence and sniff it then it smells characteristically like vanilla.

If you place a few drops of the essence into milk and taste it, it tastes  like vanilla still, Sweeten it and it tastes closer to the ‘vanilla smell'
 
However if you place a few drops in water (and it doesn't seem to matter if you sweeten it or not) it tastes extremely bitter.
 
I figured that maybe it was the presence of fatty substances in the milk or something but I am not sure.
 
Mike

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 08/06/2010 08:30:02 by _system »

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cat_with_no_eyes

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Vanilla essence is man made and is more concentrated than vanilla extract. Prolly why.