– Botanical name: Salvia Sclarea L.
– Method of extraction: steam distillation of flowering tops and stems
– Ingredients: linalyl acetate, linalool
Clary sage is a biennial herbaceous plant that grows up to 1.5 meters high. It contains large amounts of linalyl acetate (usually over 65%) and about 20% linalool. French production is between 50 and 60 tons while SCA3P produces nearly 15 tons.
Its aroma is sweet, distinctively herbaceous (just after harvest) with tenacious amber notes.
Clary sage is used as a flavoring agent in many food and beverage products as well as in perfumes, especially for cosmetics.