The most overlooked (and perhaps defining) note in Abies balsamea needles is the scent of the starch-based adhesive placed along the interior of envelope flaps (the type you have to lick to seal): gumstope. This odor is like the crust of its perfume, holding a pie jam center.
Photo: my handmade wild Vermont balsam fir absolute from long term tincture of needles and branches (2018-2020). Click here to purchase.
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