mouth·​feel | \ ˈmau̇th-ˌfēl How to pronounce mouthfeel (audio) \

Definition of mouthfeel

: the sensation created by food or drink in the mouth

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Do you sometimes find yourself trying to describe a concept or phenomenon for which you don't have a word? In such cases, it is not unusual for people to coin neologisms (new words or expressions) to describe such concepts or phenomena - the pink glow on the underside of gray clouds right before sunset, for example, or the sensation created in the mouth by a particular item of food or drink. Indeed, this latter concept has already been given a name, "mouthfeel," a simple combination of "mouth" and "feel" that can be used to describe the creamy warmth of a mushroom soup or the dry, velvety sensation of a pinot noir. This coinage is relatively new; its earliest known use dates back only to 1951.

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The 2015 Mondésir is deep in color and flavor, offering black cherries, a whiff of smoke and wild herbs with a savory mouthfeel. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "At $20, this aromatic Chilean red blend is actually a massive bargain," 6 Sep. 2019 Made in a style last popular in the 1800s, the blend of malted and unmalted barley with rye imported from the English countryside provides a mouthfeel that screams vanilla cream, rounded out by mellow notes of clove and spice. Fortune, "5 Bottles That Will Put You at the Center of Irish Whiskey’s Renaissance," 13 July 2019 The goal was to develop a product that would have the protein, nutrients, taste and mouthfeel of animal meat. Edvige Jean-françois, CNN, "Could fake meat burgers make cows obsolete?," 22 Aug. 2019 These are darker beers, from light brown to black, that carry a heavier malt character and are smooth, often with a thick, creamy mouthfeel., "7 beers we can’t wait to try at the 2019 Oregon Brewers Festival," 19 July 2019 Notes of cocoa and toffee and a smooth, velvety mouthfeel finish dry, with gently smoldering roast. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "‘Game of Thrones’: A final beer to toast the series," 11 July 2019 Saison: Fruity and spice-leaning beers with lively carbonation and a chewier mouthfeel., "7 beers we can’t wait to try at the 2019 Oregon Brewers Festival," 19 July 2019 The unmalted barley in the mash bill lends Roe & Co. a distinctly Irish mouthfeel—creamy in texture, on the nose, and on the finish. Fortune, "5 Bottles That Will Put You at the Center of Irish Whiskey’s Renaissance," 13 July 2019 It's got a creamy mouthfeel and enough acidity to play with the saltiness of fried chicken. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "Fried chicken with Champagne? Why this quirky culinary combo is a must-try," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of mouthfeel

1951, in the meaning defined above

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