Term for the dried, powdery secretion from the gland between the navel and penis of the male musk deer (musk deer). It may be derived from the ancient Indian term "muskah" (testicles). The fabric has structural similarities too pheromones (Sexual fragrances) contain, that's why they are told one aphrodisiac Effect after. Mainly responsible for the slightly sweet, animal Aroma is the oily substance Muscon with a share of up to 2%. The term "musk" is also used for glandular secretions of other animals (musk ox, musk goat, muskrat, musk duck) and plant juices (from musk juggler flower, musk mallow) with a similar smell, but it is "false musk". Today, musk is mostly made synthetically and used in the perfume and cosmetics industry.
Musk is a typical aroma in wines that are in Oak wood made from French Allier oak or American oak. The at wine speeches The term used is musqué (smelling of musk). The grape varieties muscatel and Traminer have this tone. Some are referred to as the "musqué mutation" or carry "musqué" in their name. These are, for example, Chasselas Blanc Musqué (mutation Chasselas ) Muscat Précoce de Saumur and Chardonnay Musqué (mutation Chardonnay ). Also the Italian DOCG red wine Brachetto d'Acqui a musky aroma is said to come from Piedmont.
Musk used to be a common term for strong aromatic Fabrics, which also leads to confusion. Among other things, musk sometimes becomes that nutmeg equated. This is also encouraged because nutmeg is derived from the Latin term "nux muscata", which means "nut smelling like musk". The two notes can be written specifically in the so-called bouquet places also occur together.