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
flagSweden
27%
0%
54%
18%
11
flagFrance
4%
33%
50%
12%
24
flagthe United Arab Emirates
20%
20%
50%
10%
10
flagthe United States
10%
22%
46%
20%
58
flagUnknown
12%
25%
44%
17%
56
flagPoland
11%
29%
43%
15%
2898
flagthe United Kingdom
8%
30%
41%
19%
129
flagItaly
0%
33%
41%
25%
12
flagGermany
6%
41%
38%
13%
60
flagNorway
9%
36%
36%
18%
11
flagRepublic of Ireland
5%
47%
35%
11%
17
flagIndia
15%
12%
31%
40%
32
flagthe Netherlands
15%
46%
30%
7%
13

Gender

men39%
women40%
salicin
10%
13%
absinthe
31%
34%
denatonium benzoate
39%
40%
benzoic acid
18%
12%

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Author: Bartosz
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