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Blackcurrant Absolute 50%

Adam Michael has this to say “Blackcurrant bud absolute is obtained from the buds of the plant, and this material comes from the Burgundy region of France. Harvest time is from December through to early February. Blackcurrant bud absolute is of a thick treacle viscosity and dark green in colour. In dilution I detect a spiced fruit cocktail with a hint of sugar sweetness, a lot of green character throughout and a rainbow of floral wonderment. I also clearly detect a strained, slightly acidic and somewhat cleansing green tea note from the middle stages onwards. If you are familiar with Blackcurrant bud Absolute you’ll know how challenging this material can be to get into a pourable state. For this reason we now offer it diluted at 50% in ethanol.”

Arctander has this to say “The absolute is a viscous liquid of dark green color and powerful spicy-wood odor. There is a slightly phenolic undertone and the tenacity is not outstanding. Quantitatively, the main constituents are monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. These are not responsible for the characteristic odour of the absolute.”

Botanical name: Ribes nigrum

Origin: France

3 reviews for Blackcurrant Absolute 50%

  1. Kostis Pap (verified owner)

    Green is the color here. It reminds of the green leaf of the vine plant but for me is more of a more “urinal” raw green to herbaceous quite similar to urtica plant. In fact I find much similarities to the dried Melissa herb used in boiled water. It’s an almost urinal twist of a herb note. Overall its character is more close to a fresh-herbaceous note rather than green. As with most absolutes, this product captures quite well the full plant odor of the blackcurrant. A difficult but very interesting material in green compositions.

  2. Jarreau bowhay (verified owner)

    Pretty pungent and strong to my nose, not really a fan of black currant even in drink form but this material is needed for some of my formulas.

  3. Ulrike S (verified owner)

    Hands down one of my top five absolutes. Feeling fortunate that Hermitage carries this since I could not live without it ,and by acquiring the pre-diluted ab, it takes the hard work out of making the material ready for use in solid perfume (at 10% dilution) where I like to blend it with raw beeswax. I am a great fan of the fruit as well but the ab has less of a fruity and more of a leafy quality. It’s definitely a “green” note and yet blends well with just about anything, unlike the more typical “greens”. There are, of course, the ammonia notes that need to be tamed but that can be achieved simply by diluting it further. I find that this absolute works best blended with wax or butters.

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