Name for the dried, powdered secretion from the gland between navel and penis of the male musk deer (musk deer). It may derive from the ancient Indian term "muskah" (testicles). The substance has structural similarities to pheromones (Sexual fragrances), so you tell him 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 (muskox, musk-buck, 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 produced synthetically and used in the perfume and cosmetics industry.
Musk is a typical aroma in wines that are in Oak wood made of French Allier oak or American oak. The at wine speeches term used is musqué (scented with musk). The grape varieties muscatel and Traminer have this sound. Some are called "Musqué Mutation" or "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 from the Piedmont a musk flavor is said.
Musk used to be a common term for strong aromatic Substances, which also leads to confusion. Among other musk is sometimes the nutmeg equated. This is also promoted by the fact that nutmeg is derived from the Latin term "nux muscata", which means something like "musk-fragrant nut". The two notes may be special in the so-called bouquet places also occur together.