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Why Scotch Smells Like Band-Aids & Sharpies

By Veronique Greenwood | June 15, 2012 11:43 am

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Lysol, which, like scotch, contains cresol, was also once used as a vaginal douche.

Don Nosowitz over at PopSci has a lovely little explainer explaining something I am glad to realize I am not the only one wanting an explanation for. That is: why does scotch, hifalutin’ drink that it is, smell like Band-Aids? I’ve never liked that Scotchy odor, and now I know why it reeks of the pediatrician’s office. It’s because peat, the mossy stuff that’s burned in order to smoke the barley that becomes scotch, is naturally packed with a class of molecules called cresols, which are also, coincidentally, crack disinfectants.

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