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Differentiation of Rums Produced from Sugar Cane Juice (Rhum Agricole) from Rums Manufactured from Sugar Cane Molasses by a Metabolomics Approach

Franitza, Laura, Nicolotti, Luca, Granvogl, Michael, Schieberle, Peter
Journal of agricultural and food chemistry 2018 v.66 no.11 pp. 3038-3045
beta-ionone, chemometrics, comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography, data collection, discriminant analysis, distillation, isotope dilution technique, mass spectrometry, metabolome, metabolomics, model validation, models, molasses, rum, stable isotopes, sugarcane juice, volatile compounds
A large set of volatiles (a metabolome) was isolated by SAFE distillation from 25 high priced rums prepared from sugar cane juice (SCJ) and 26 high priced rums manufactured from sugar cane molasses (SCM). The volatile fractions were first analyzed by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC-TOF-MS), and the “comprehensive template matching fingerprinting” was used to extract the entire features present in the respective set of volatile compounds. After raw data pretreatment, chemometrics was used to locate marker compounds. Following, a sparse-partial-least-squares discriminant analysis (sPLS-DA) and a partial-least-squares discriminant analysis (PLS-DA) were applied to a training data set for creating a model. The model was validated using leave-one-out cross validation and tested over an independent data set to evaluate its predictive power. The characteristic fingerprint resulted in a 100% correct classification of sugar cane juice rums, thus achieving the first aim of locating markers for these higher quality rums. Then, past-processing identification within the discriminant features was done to characterize 12 significant marker compounds as 1-decanol, γ-dodecalactone, ethyl 3-methylbutanoate, ethyl nonanoate, 3-furancarboxaldehyde, 1-hexanol, β-ionone, 2- and 3-methylbutanol, methyl decanoate, 3-octanol, and 2-undecanone. Quantitation of eight selected markers by stable isotope dilution assays confirmed higher concentrations in SCJ compared to SCM and served as the final proof to differentiate both types of spirits.