Posted by: Hailey | April 14, 2010

Taste Buds University- for wine, beer, and so many other things!

All Star!While your nose determines different flavors and aromas, yourmouth is an integral part in the tasting process. It takes those flavors and aromas and recognizes them as one of the five tastes- sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and savory (umami). Combined, your nose and mouth give you the overall experience of eating or drinking something and how that item tastes to you.

Your mouth is covered with thousands of taste buds. These little receptors are on your tongue, inside your cheeks, the back of your mouth, the roof of your mouth, and top of your throat. In general certain parts of your tongue were associated with certain tastes. The average person has about 10,000 taste buds and they’re replaced every 2 weeks or so. But as a person ages, some of those taste cells don’t get replaced. An older person may only have 5,000 working taste buds. That’s why certain foods may taste stronger to a child than they do to adults. Smoking also can reduce the number of taste buds a person has.

These little taste buds are what allow us to understand and enjoy food and drinks. In exploring what your taste buds are capable of, one can try foods of different textures, consistency and taste to feel different mouth sensations and tastes. Working together with your nose, your taste buds give your brain an overall account of the food or drink is like and if you think it’s tasty or not. Challenge and explore your taste buds by tasting the same food but of different qualities or types… say tea or wine or cheese!

As you have probably noticed, GiraMondo has decided to expand its offering of tasting experiences to drinks other than wines (Beers, Cocktails, Spirits) as well as to non-alcoholic but tasty food and drinks, including the study of Tea, Honey, Chocolate, Cheese, Olive Oil, and Mushrooms (in season). We will invite specialists to join us to present these topics over the next few months and jumpstart our Taste Buds University! Tastefully yours!

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