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Jan 26, 2007 03:34 PM

Your favorite word/expression to describe food/flavors....

I can't help myself! hehehehe...

I was in an earlier discussion and someone used the word "herby-ness" to describe a flavor. I was really entertained by it.

I'm wondering what words have you used or phrases have you used/heard to describe food/flavors.

One of my personal favorites, I had someone describe a curry dish to me as "nice and sturdy". I was really amused but, knew exactly what they meant.

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  1. My mother-in-law had a favorite that I seem to have adopted over the years: refreshing. This usually applies to fruit or a dessert.

    1. One of my favorite Chateauneuf-du-Pape wines, which I really really love, I can't help but associate the bouquet with horse shit. In a positive way, I guess...

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      1. re: RicRios

        That reminds me of Loire valle white wine that smelled like cat piss. In a good way Iguess..

        1. re: Carmelizedbunions

          Speaking of that "evocative" Loire wine - ever had Cooper's Creek Sauvignon Blanc? It was a hit at a recent wine tasting I went to, mostly for the name and the label...


          1. re: AnneInMpls

            Camembert and a few red wines that I like all evoke that same smell. While I've heard some sommeliers describe it as a "barnyard" smell, I prefer to use the more sophisticated "earthy" description.

            1. re: SauceSupreme

              Earthy is a little more of a broad term. Barnyard is quite distintively a smell from the farm and is usually found in red burgandies. When it starts to smell like sewage thats not good, but a little hint of barnyard is or can be a favorable qaulity.

        2. re: RicRios

          The appropriate term for that taste and smell is "barnyard" And I love it too.

          1. re: RicRios

            i thin k i know what you mean. i usually try to express what youre saying with something like, "it has an earthy quality. reminiscent of soil and grass". not trying to sound pretentious, either, just honestly a lot of things (especially in the single malt booze world) have those qualities. i love it.

            1. re: ben61820

              ...speaking of single husband treated himself at Christmas to a bottle of 18-year-old Macallan. The only thing I can say about the taste of it (I'm not really much of a scotch guy) is that it tastes like it was aged in an ashtray.

            2. re: RicRios

              ahh there you go again..... sigh... horse poop. I guess they are both mangery.

              1. re: RicRios

                I usually refer to that as "barnyard bouquet."

              2. "It'll change your life!"

                1. Not a serious one of mine, but - "It's to die for!" One time, we were dining out, and we had a very enthusiastic, animated waiter who was delighted to give us every detail about the food before ordering. He had a bit of a northeasty accent and for the fish of the day rather than grouper said "groupah." The sentence he gave us, with great enthusiasm, was, "The groupah is ta die fah!"

                  Now we jokingly use that quite often.

                    1. re: Professor Salt

                      Now would that be something that tastes cracky or something so good you would offer somone a favor to get.

                        1. re: Professor Salt

                          S L Wine describes Black Chook sparkling shiraz (I know, I'm obsessed) as "liquid crack"