Flavour Descriptors

A flavour descriptor can be used to describe most flavour profiles & odours. This serves as a very useful tool that can be used to communicate with our R&D team. While there are many established descriptors that are routinely used, we encourage our clients to come up with their own & get inspired by the profiles of other ingredients.

These are a selection of 535 Flavour Descriptors:

 

acetic

fried fat

orange blossom

acid

fruit juice

orange flowers

acrid

fruit sweet

orange mandarin

acrid musty odor

fruital

orange peel

acrylic

fruital pineapple

orchid

alcoholic

fruital unripe banana

oriental

alliaceous

fruital woody

orris

allspice

fruity

orris violet

almond

fruity apple

parmesan

amber

fruity balsamic

passion fruit

amine

fruity bitter almond

peach

ammonia

fruity buttery

peanut

amyl salicylate

fruity caramel

peanut butter

animal

fruity chamomile

pear

anise

fruity ether

penetrating

apple

fruity fresh

penetrating floral

apple banana

fruity grape

penetrating powerful

apple raspberry

fruity green

pepper

apricot

fruity herbaceous minty

peppermint

apricot peach

fruity mushroom

perfumery

apricot pineapple

fruity mushroom gardenia

petroleum

aromatic

fruity nerolin

phenolic

asparagus

fruity peach apricot

pine

bacon

fruity pineapple

pine needles hemlock

baked bread

fruity plum prune

pine needles 

baked potato

fruity unripe strawberry

pineapple

balsamic

fruity ylang ylang

pineapple apple plum

balsamic fruity

fungus

pineapple banana

balsamic strawberry

fungus tobacco

pineapple pear

balsamic sweet

fusel

plastic

banana

fusel oil

pleasant

banana pineapple

galbanum

plum

bark

galbanum oil

popcorn

bartlet pear

gardenia

potato chips

basil

garlic

powerful

beefy

garlic onion

powerful acrid

bell pepper

gasoline

powerful celery

bergamot

geranium

powerful citrus

berry

grape

powerful diffusive

berry jam

grape skin

powerful fatty spicy

bipolar

grapefruit

powerful fruity

bitter

grassy

powerful green grassy

bitter almond

green

powerful green 

bittersweet

green apple

powerful lemon

bittersweet plum

green balsamic floral

powerful oily buttery

black currant

green bean

powerful sweet

blueberry

green bell peppers

powerful sweet floral

boiled cabbage

green dry banana

powerful sweet woody

boiled poultry

green ethereal

prune

boldo

green floral

pulpy pineapple

brandy

green fruit

pungent

bread

green grass

pungent heavy

bread crust

green jasmine

pungent sour

brown

green onion

pungent sulfur

burning

green peas

putrid

burnt

green rose mossy

quince

burnt fat

green vegetable

quinoline

burnt pineapple

green violet

radish

butter

green woody

raisins

buttermilk

guaiacol

rancid

butterscotch

hard boiled eggs

rancid butter

buttery

harsh

raspberry

buttery hazelnut

hawthorn

raspberry plum

butyric

hay coumarin

raspberry preserves

cabbage

hazelnut

raw green

cadaverous

heavy

raw potato

camomille

heavy buttery

red berry

camphor

heavy floral

refreshing

camphoraceous

heavy sweet maple syrup

rich

candy

heptaldehyde

ricotta

candy circus peanuts

herbaceous

ripe

caramel

herbaceous celery

roast beef

caramelic fruity

herbaceous leafy

roast meat

caraway

herbal

roasted

carnation

honey

roasted almond

cassia

horseradish

roasted barley

cauliflower

hot sugar

roasted corn

caustic

hyacinth

roasted hazelnut

cedar

incense

roasted hazelnut caramel

cedarwood

intense

roasted meat

celery

intense fruit

roasted meaty

celery jasmine

intense fruital

roasted nuts

cereal

intense sweet

roasted peanut

characteristic

intensely sweet

romano

cheese

intensly green

rooty

cheesy

intensly sweet neroli rose

rose

cherry

ionone

rose geranium

chocolate

iris

rose grape hyacinth

chrysanthemum

isoeugenol

rose like

cinnamon

jam

rose sweetness

citrus

jammy

rosy

citrus melon

jasmine hyacinth

rubbery

citrus orange

jonquil

rum

clams

lavender

rum berry

clean

lavender

saffron

clove

lavender bergamot

sage

clove carnation

leafy

sassafras

cocoa

leafy hyacinth

sauteed garlic

cocoa birch tar

leather

savory

coconut

leathery

seafood

coconut butter

lemon

seedy

coffee

lemon orange

sharp

cognac

lemon peel

sherry

concetrated vegetable soup

licorice

skunk

cooked meat

light

smoked sausage

cooked onion

light rose sweet

smoky

cooked plum prune

lilac

soapy

cooked sugar

lily

sour

cool

lily jasmine

sour rancid

cooling

lime

spearmint

crackers

linalool

spice

creamy

linalool terpinol

spicy

Creosote

magnolia

spicy cinnamon

cucumber

malt

spicy herbaceous bay leaf

dairy

malty

spicy warm

Damascone

mandarin

strawberry

dark chocolate

mandarin orange

strong

decayed

mango

sulfur

decomposing cabbage

maple

sulfuraceous

deep

maple syrup

sulfurous

deep green

marigold

sweaty

delicate

meat

sweet

delicate musk

meaty

sweet apricot pineapple

diacetyl

meaty sulfurous

sweet apricot plum

diffuse onion

medicinal

sweet cream

diffusive

melon

sweet fruit

diffusive cheese

menthol

sweet fruity

diffusive floral

mercaptan

sweet herbaceous

diffusive garlic

metallic

sweet lasting

disulphide

mild

sweet melon

dried fruit

mild anise

sweet menthol

dry

mild bitter

sweet musky

dry honey

mild caramel

sweet nuance

dry notes fruity

mild cheese

sweet plum

earthy

mild cherry

sweet sharp

earthy tobacco

mild citrus banana

sweet woody

egg

mild cooling

tart

egg yolk

mild fatty

tea

elegant

mild fruity

terpene

estery

mild green

toasted

ether

mild hyacinth

toasted bread

ethereal

mild lemon

toasted grain

faint

mild medecinal

tobacco

faint aromatic

mild nut

tomato

faint balsamic

mild orange blossom

tropical

faint fatty

mild rose

tropical fruit

faint honey

mild sweet

turpentine

Faint rose

mild tobacco

unripe fruit

faint sweet

mild waxy

urine

faint vanilla

mildew

valeric acid

fatty

mildly herbaceous

vanilla

fatty orange rose

mildly oily

vegetable

fecal

milk

violet

fennel

milk chocolate

violet leaf green

fermented cheese

milk creamy

walnut

fine violet orris

milky

warm

fired

mint

warm bread

fishy

minty

watermelon

flat dry

minty camphoraceous

waxy

floral

moldy

weak

floral balsamic warm

moss

weak fungus

floral earthy

mothballs

weak vanilla

floral fruity

mown hay

wet earthy

floral fruity jamine apricot

mushroom

whiskey

floral green

musk

wild

floral honey

musky

wine

floral jamine lily

mustard

winey

floral resembling acetophenone

musty

wintergreen

floral rose carnation

musty grape

woody

floral rose lily

musty herbaceous

woody earthy

fragrant

musty mushroom

woody flowery

fresh

neroli orange blossom

woody herbeceous

fresh burning

nut

woody mimosa gardenia

fresh lemon

nutty

woody spicy

fresh pungent

oily

woody  clove

fresh rose mint

oily fruity

 

fresh top note

oily herbaceous

 

fresh vegetable

onion

 

fried

onion meat

 

fried buttery

orange