Thursday, June 28, 2007

The great smell of DVDs

Sometime in the last week I came across a mention of sniffer dogs being able to detect fake DVDs (similar story here). I opened a new pack of DVD-R stock yesterday, which has probably been maturing for a month or so on my shelves - a distinct aroma of fennel to my palate.

The ever reliable Wikipedia tells me that anethole (or 1-methoxy-4-(1-propenyl)benzene as we all call it) is the source of the flavour of aniseed/fennel. Whether it's also the source of the smell they don't say. Nor do azo dyes seem to have much in common with the aforementioned.

How do your DVDs smell? Discuss please.