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


Luscious


Dense


Chewy


Sticky


Bold


Firm


Fluffy


Rich


Soft


Elastic


Supple


Crumbly


Tangy


Flaky


Creamy


Pillowy


Delicate


Pasty


Dry


Sandy


Moist


Pliable


Thick


Grainy


Airy


Custardy


Velvety


Aroma and Flavor

Barnyardy


Fruity


Earthy


Straw


Hay


Nutty


Citrusy


Lemony


Sweet


Buttery


Beefy


Gamy


Herbaceous


Caramelly


Sharp


Grassy


Mild


Tangy


Smoky


Mushroomy