Creative Prompt #241: Cloying

Don’t hate me. 😉

I have scent on the mind, because I am reading the Perfect Scent: A Year inside the Perfume Industry in Paris and New York by Chandler Burr. This is not my kind of book and there are things I don’t like about it, but it has scent, the sounds around scent, the words of scent on my mind. It will be a challenge, darlings. 😉

Definition: 1, to cause distaste or disgust by supplying with too much of something originally pleasant, especially something rich or sweet; surfeit. 2. initially pleasurable or sweet but wearying in excess. 3. overly ingratiating or sentimental.


Apparently ‘cloying’ in home brew is not a good thing.



cloying sentiment

From the Urban Dictionary: The deathbed scenes in the novels of Dickens are famously cloying: as Oscar Wilde said, “One would need a heart of stone to read the death of Little Nell without laughing.”

It was word of the day in the New York Times on Sep 21, 2011. Who knew there was such a thing as the New York Times Word of the Day? I may have to start reading the New York Times!

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From the Wine Spectator Website: Dear Dr. Vinny,

I’ve recently started to expand my wine horizons by including sweet and/or dessert wines. I’ve noticed many reviews of sweet wines mention the word “cloying.” It seems some of the best sweet wines are described as “sweet but not cloying”. Can you tell me how I will know if something is “cloying” my palate?

—Tom, Denver

Dear Tom,

You’re correct that “cloying” is most often a negative term, referring to an excessively sweet wine that is lacking acidity. If you’re not certain what cloying feels like, take a tablespoon of honey and swallow it. It’s very sweet, but it’s so sweet it feels like it might get stuck in your throat. The best dessert wines will balance any sweet, sugary or honey notes with a body and acidity that make the wine glide over your palate and linger without being sickly sweet.