Which substance is the most bitter?

salicin
absinthe
denatonium benzoate
benzoic acid
De­na­to­ni­um, usually avail­able as de­na­to­ni­um benzoate and as de­na­to­ni­um sac­cha­ride, is the most bitter chemical compound known, with bit­ter­ness thresh­olds of 0.05 ppm for the benzoate and 0.01 ppm for the sac­cha­ride.

Answers distribution

salicin
absinthe
denatonium benzoate
benzoic acid
answers
flagthe United Arab Emirates
9%
9%
77%
4%
22
flagthe Philippines
0%
33%
66%
0%
12
flagGreece
5%
35%
58%
0%
17
flagSwitzerland
0%
25%
58%
16%
12
flagItaly
8%
24%
56%
12%
25
flagRepublic of Ireland
11%
25%
52%
11%
36
flagUkraine
5%
29%
50%
14%
34
flagFrance
6%
29%
48%
16%
31
flagthe United Kingdom
8%
27%
45%
17%
237
flagthe Netherlands
20%
28%
45%
5%
35
flagCzech Republic
36%
9%
45%
9%
11
flagPoland
12%
27%
43%
15%
6744
flagthe United States
9%
25%
43%
20%
116
flagGermany
10%
36%
40%
12%
96
flagSweden
22%
11%
40%
25%
27
flagNorway
18%
22%
36%
22%
22
flagUnknown
14%
30%
35%
19%
614
flagIndia
12%
11%
35%
38%
70
flagRussia
14%
7%
35%
42%
14
flagPakistan
15%
23%
30%
30%
13

Gender

men38%
women42%
salicin
15%
12%
absinthe
28%
31%
denatonium benzoate
38%
42%
benzoic acid
17%
12%

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Author: Bartosz
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