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Describing Cheese

Like wine, describing cheese is not an easy task. Cheeses change flavor at different stages of the maturation and create different experiences to different people. The best way to describes theses flavors is to use descriptors from other food and nonfood items. Keep in mind that describing cheese is subjective. The following are adjectives that are traditionally used when describing cheeses:

 Texture

 
Spreadable
Fluffy
Pillowy
Airy
 
Luscious
Rich
Delicate
Creamy
Dense
Soft
Pasty
Custardy
Chewy
Elastic
Moist
Velvety
Sticky
Supple
Pliable
Spreadable
Bold
Crumbly
Thick
Supple
 
Firm
Flaky
Grainy
Dry
 
Tangy
Creamy
Crumbly
Sandy
 
           

 
Aroma & Flavor

 
Barnyardy
Citrusy
Beefy
Grassy
 
Fruity
Lemony
Gamy
Mild
Earthy
Sweet
Herbaceous
Tangy
Straw/Hay
Buttery
Caramelly
Earthy
Nutty
Mushroomy
Sharp
Smoky
           

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