Yes, we know most wine bottles have corks in them; no, that's not what geeks mean when they say a wine is Corked or Corky. What they mean is that the wine has been contaminated by a chemical called 2,4,6-trichloroanisol (TCA) that lurks in the black, evil hearts of some small percentage of corks, and makes the affected wine smell really dank and musty; often described as smelling like 'wet cardboard,' but more like wet cardboard that's been sitting for a while in the far corner of your funky old basement. It's pretty nasty -- smell it a few times and you won't forget it. On a side note, we knew a girl in high school also named Corky who smelled perfectly fine. She works on 'The Simpsons' now...
A wine that has been imbued with unpleasant qualities of bad cork, strong mustiness. Terms used to describe a wine that's been affected by a faulty cork. This characteristic is caused by a chemical compound (2,4,6-Tricloroanisole-246-TCA) that humans can perceive at levels as low as 30 ppt (parts per trillion). High levels of this compound produce an unmistakably putrefying odor and flavor that many compare to that of moldy, wet cardboard or newspapers. At moderate levels, a corked wine takes on a musty quality; at low levels, it seems austere and lacking in fruit. Wine professionals estimate that 3 to 5 percent of wines are ruined because of bad corks, which is why research is proceeding rapidly for an acceptable synthetic cork.
An "off" characteristic in wines due to imperfect corks. Often caused by the chemical compound trichloroanisole or TCA, corkiness is believed to come from fungi that are not detectable on dry corks, or by a cork processed with chlorine. TCA diminishes the fruit character of the wine, substituting a character like moldy newspapers or old swimming pool towels.
Atypical characteristic of wine caused by the chemical compund trichloroanisole, or TCA, in corks. It diminishes the fruit character in wine, while pronouncing mouldy, ‘old towel' or ‘wet newspaper' like characteristics.
Corky (II) is a female orca (also known as a killer whale) from the A5 Pod in British Columbia, Canada. She currently lives at Sea World in San Diego, California. Corky (II) received her name after the park's original Corky died in December of 1970.