|Talk About Taste|
Most people are lost for words when they are asked to describe the taste
of a distilled beverage spirit. The description typically does not go much
beyond "I like it." The difficulty in describing taste is not confined to spirits,
it applies to almost anything we drink or eat. Try, for example, to describe
the taste of your favorite food. Unless you are a special person you will
find it difficult.
Your ability to talk about taste can significantly improve if you study the terms used by taste testers. Taste testers use words which describe how the beverage looks, how the beverage smells, and how the beverage tastes. In order for a beverage spirit to reach the tongue, which registers taste, it must pass through the mouth. The mouth is connected by an opening to the nose. Consequently, it is impossible to taste a beverage without smelling it at the same time. Through experience, visual qualities, like the color and clarity, have become associated with taste. Thus, when taste testers describe the taste of the beverage, they describe how it looks, how it smells and how it tastes.
Words to describe aromaA more sophisticated way ot refer to the smell of a beverage is aroma. Aroma is the scent or bouquet of the beverage spirit.
The first group of words describe the presence of an aroma.
The second set of words is used to pinpoint the type of aroma
Words to describe colorThese words used to describe the color of distilled spirits and their definitions are presented below:
Words to describe tasteThe first taste judgment made deals with the presence or absence of flavor.
The second set of taste judgments deals with sweetness of the beverage spirit.
The third set of taste terms describe the texture of the beverage as it
makes an impression on the mouth and throat.
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