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Jamie Drummond taste test

Posted by hitnerwine on November 29, 2011 at 12:35 AM

Just read that local wine sommelier Jamie Drummond has spearheaded an examination to test peoples' sensitivity to taste.

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The test is fairly simple: you stick what appears to be a popsicle stick lined with a bitter substance on your tongue; and the less time it takes for you to detect the bitterness, the better taster you are.

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I also read that two local wine writers refused to take the test, perhaps concerned about receiving a low score.

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For my part, I was never invited to take the test, not that it matters because I also would have said no. Not that I disapprove of candid analyses, I just have trouble understanding the notion that a test can decide the extent to which I am able to appreciate a glass of Lynch-Bages. Now if the popsicle stick tastes like Lynch-Bages, then we'd have something to talk about ...

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