I am working in a brewery and throughout our day we go through beer tasting panels. During these panels we attempt to describe the exact flavors and smells that we experience in a particular beer.
However, we have run into an issue in that many of these descriptors are often seen in a negative, and sometimes unpleasant, light.
Are there any words that are more appealing or romantic that can be used in place of words such as - funk, phenol, umami?
All of these words can be described - funk - barnyard, must, horse hoof - phenol - vinyl, medicinal, band aid - umami - earthy, savory - but they lack a concise descriptor that can be used to denote something innately positive. Something more in tune with how terroir is used to describe the effect that a particular region's climate, soils and aspect (terrain) change and impact the taste of wine.