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Why does your taste change?

Postby maltwhisky7 » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:44 am

Why is it I wonder that some days I love one whisky and others it doesn't taste quite so good? somedays I prefer one others a different one?
Is this part of the whisky worlds cunning plan to ensure we all have to buy several different bottles?
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Re: Why does your taste change?

Postby ClubSmed » Sat Jun 06, 2009 11:54 am

Do you not find it is the same way with most if not all food and drink?
I certainly have the same issue of different wants depending on my mood/ weather/ surroundings with beer, cheese and meats to name but a few.
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Re: Why does your taste change?

Postby The Third Dram » Sat Jun 06, 2009 3:04 pm

You might initially think that a higher proof beverage like Scotch would tend to elicit a more consistent personal reaction from one day to another than wine, beer or other more 'delicate', lower proof drinks.

Nope!

Amongst the many factors that can influence our takes on whisky...

1. Time of day. Try imbibing any particular whisky in the morning and then later on in the day - often two totally different taste experiences. Many (myself included) believe that one's taste buds and perceptual acuity are at their best earlier on during the day.

2. Place. Whether outside in cool, blustery weather or huddled inside beside a fire, location can have a decided influence on how a whisky comes across.

3. Circumstance. A further qualification of No. 2. On one occasion, you may be contemplatively sipping a spirit by yourself. On another, perhaps in a pub with friends/acquaintances. Company, or lack thereof, can make the same drink seem like two entirely different ones.

4. Food. Eating can impart a tremendous impact on how a whisky tastes, whether that whisky is tasted during or soon after feasting.

5. Whatever else you might be drinking - especially when the various beverages you're sampling display radically differing aromatic and flavour characteristics.

As they say, "Variety is the spice of life." :thumbsup:
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Re: Why does your taste change?

Postby Novice Scotch Fan » Fri Jun 12, 2009 7:31 pm

Not only does the taste experience vary based on conditions mentioned by the ThirdDram, but also our tastes evolve based on experience and passage of time. This time last year I added an ice cube to everything I drank, now I prefer it neat! Never thought this was possible a year ago. A year ago, I prefered sherried drams and now its Islay. I still like the sherried ones, just not to the exclusion of Islay.
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