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
30%
0%
60%
10%
10
flagFrance
4%
34%
52%
8%
23
flagthe United States
8%
24%
46%
20%
49
flagUnknown
13%
23%
46%
16%
43
flagPoland
11%
29%
42%
15%
2638
flagRepublic of Ireland
0%
46%
40%
13%
15
flagthe United Kingdom
9%
30%
39%
20%
121
flagGermany
7%
40%
38%
12%
54
flagNorway
9%
36%
36%
18%
11
flagIndia
16%
13%
33%
36%
30
flagthe Netherlands
16%
50%
33%
0%
12

Gender

men39%
women39%
salicin
10%
13%
absinthe
32%
33%
denatonium benzoate
39%
39%
benzoic acid
17%
12%

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