as·​trin·​gen·​cy | \ ə-ˈstrin-jən(t)-sē How to pronounce astringency (audio) \

Definition of astringency

: the quality or state of being astringent

Examples of astringency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All of Madson’s red wines are fermented entirely whole-cluster, a winemaking technique in which the grapes are left to soak with their stems, which can imbue the resulting wine with an extra astringency and woodsy flavors. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "A woodsy, floral Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir that captures the fresh California springtime," 31 Mar. 2021 There's a strong rye presence without the typical rye astringency. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "This Female Distiller Released a Line of Spirits Dedicated to Incredible Women Throughout History," 18 Mar. 2021 In my recipe: onions loses their astringency, and become sweet. Katie Chang, Forbes, "Krug Champagne’s Latest (And Very Humble) Single Ingredient Will Surprise You," 11 Mar. 2021 That’s thanks in no small part to technology—the ability, for instance, to remove all the stems from the fruit during processing, something that wasn’t possible 20 or 30 years ago and led to early astringency. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, "Here’s How to Tell if a Wine Is Worth Aging," 1 Mar. 2021 Known for its intense astringency, bitter melon can be quite difficult to mellow out, but here’s a method how: Halve the melon, seed it, and cut lengthwise into pieces. Clarissa Wei, Bon Appétit, "Umami, Salty, and Rich, Douchi Does It All," 19 Oct. 2020 This neutralizes astringency, produces a silky texture, and removes color, creating a clear appearance in the final product. Cole Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "Your Home Bar Needs a Smoke Gun, an Immersion Circulator, and...Milk?," 24 Apr. 2020 And for a dose of astringency, dried lime and hibiscus do wonders. Kristy Mucci, Saveur, "Turn Kitchen Scraps and Leftover Spices Into Delicious Herbal Tea," 15 Mar. 2017 Oil, fishy fragrance and stemmy astringency washed over my palate in turns. Soleil Ho,, "Where do you find women in restaurants? Often, it’s all in the name.," 23 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of astringency

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Astringency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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