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Foxy is the description of an aroma that differs from the aromas normally found in the European Vitis vinifera grape varieties. Originally the term “foxy” comes from the strong musk and earthy scents that the American settlers found in the American grapes. Later the term ‘foxy’ has become a container term for all aromas that are different from the aromas in the Vitis vinifera varieties (and not caused by a wine fault). The typical ‘foxy’ aromas of the Concord grape, a Vitis labrusca grape variety that contains a lot of methyl anthranilate is not described as animal, but rather by terms such as ‘aromatic’, ‘sweet’, ‘strawberry’ and ‘grape juice’. This typical taste can be recognized in certain grape juices or grape sweets for which methyl anthranilate is used as a flavoring, but which actually does not taste like grapes at all.


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