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But only variations in merroir explain how, for instance, the Lentz family's Chelsea Gem Pacifics from the Eld Inlet can be so mild, creamy and sweet, while Little Skookum's Pacifics are so robust and earthy.
Rowley coined the term merroir (like terroir in wine, only -- get it?
Score another one for South Puget Sound merroir.
Puget Sound oysters became so popular that some connoisseurs speak of "merroir," subtle differences in flavor depending on where in the sound the oysters are grown.
Like wine, oysters gain much of their flavour from their terroir or maybe their merroir even?!