Charles and I both really like to TASTE things. For quite some time, he's insisted that I must be a supertaster because I pick up so many intricate flavors in wine, coffee, and beer. I thought, hey, why not be a little more scientific about it?
So I purchased a test off of supertastertest.com. (Don't worry, they use paypal.) I watched some YouTube videos of other food bloggers trying out the test, and while some people said that it was unpleasant, it didn't seem like too bad a thing to do.
We received the test strips tonight, and I being someone who wants to do everything right away, immediately grabbed one for myself and gave one to Charles. Those strips are DISGUSTING! I had to spit mine out almost the minute I put it in my mouth. Charles kept his in a couple seconds longer but had the same reaction. The worst part is that the nasty, bitter taste just kept on going -- for both of us. Even drinking some wine hasn't gotten all of the flavor out of my mouth.
The good news about this suffering is that it shows that yes, indeed, I am a supertaster -- and so is Charles! A supertaster couple? No wonder our favorite thing to do is to go wine tasting on our days off! And no wonder we're so picky about what restaurants we'll go to.
The test itself (other than being extremely gross) is pretty simple. You take a strip, hold it on your tongue for a few seconds, and then remove it. If you don't taste anything, you're a non-taster. A taster will experience a mildly bitter or bland taste. A supertaster will find the test extremely bitter, and as in my case, will have to restrain herself from writhing on the floor because of the over-the-top flavor.
So there you have it -- I am a supertaster. Aren't you impressed?
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