Evaluation of volatile organic compounds in alcoholic beverages consumed in Korea

Hyun Chung, Mi Kyung Yoon, Jihye Han, Young Suk Kim

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Volatile organic compounds including acetaldehyde, methanol, and higher alcohols such as 1-propanol and 3-methyl-1-butanol in 75 domestic and imported alcoholic beverages consumed in Korea were investigated and evaluated using a gas chromatograph equipped with a mass spectrometer. The acetaldehyde contents in the studied samples ranged from 0.02 to 11.73 mg/L, and were highest in refined rice wines and fruit wines. Only the wine and fruit wine samples contained methanol, at concentrations in the range of 1.42–23.81 mg/L. The 1-propanol content was highest in whisky, while the 3-methyl-1-butanol content ranged from 4.45 to 280 mg/L in all samples other than Korean distilled liquor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)423-432
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Korean Society for Applied Biological Chemistry
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2015


  • Acetaldehyde
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • GC–MS
  • Higher alcohols
  • Methanol
  • Method validation
  • Volatile organic compounds


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