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February 26th, 2008
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How To Be A Snob: Drinking Alcohol

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Date:February 26th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
I always wondered about that oak thing...like, is someone walking around licking the insides of barrels? Thanks for the pointers. Now I, too, can drink like a snob!
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Date:February 26th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
I dunno... taste is very closely associated with smell. Anyone who's ever done any woodworking knows that the various woods smell different when cut. I think it's feasible that, if someone could taste the difference, they could recognize which wood it is. However, I think the people who could actually taste it are a very tiny minority.
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Date:February 26th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
It's not that it taste like a plank of oak tastes, it's that there's a flavor associated with having been kept in oak barrels, which is pretty distinct. Pick up an inexpensive California Chardonnay, and the heavy component you can't identify as something else is oak.
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Date:February 27th, 2008 02:38 am (UTC)
I can taste wood in my sherry.
I'm a pencil chewer, a toothopick sucker and a marshmallow stick gnawer. I know what wood tastes like.

I know sherry is matured in oak barrels.
So if there are spoiled grapes that taste like they were mushed with a marshmallow stick, there's oak.

I can even taste the pepper in the Borgia wine.
But that's where my palate ends.
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