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Earthy: 1. A cheese tasting term for a hearty, assertive, rustic flavor and/or aroma of a cheese, usually a monastery cheese or one made from ewe's or goats milk; an excessively earthy flavor can be undesirable. 2. A coffee tasting term used to describe a somewhat spicy flavor reminiscent of the rich soil in which the coffee tree are grown. 3. A wine-tasting term for the rich, clean, soil-like aroma and/or flavor that certain soils impart to grapes and the wines made from them.