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Friday, March 7, 2008

Aloha Friday #2

It is time for Aloha Friday hosted by An Island Life. Aloha Friday is a day of kicking back and taking it easy in Hawaii. Today, my question is this:

Do things taste the same way they smell?
Here is the reason I ask this question: Andrew and I have been arguing discussing this for quite a while. He says that they do. I say that they don't. Case in point? Coffee. I love the smell of coffee, but don't like the bitter aftertaste it has. Andrew says it tastes the same. I think that a lot of the taste comes from your sense of smell, but there is still a huge portion of what you taste that comes from your taste buds. What do you think? Please help us put this, ahem, discussion to rest.

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10 comments:

Crazy Daisy said...

I agree with you. Things taste and smell differently. I blogged about this once. I also dislike drinking coffee, but love the smell.

I also think some of it might be psychological, in a good way. We are inadvertently programed to react certain ways to certain things... smell and taste may not always have the same reaction!

Melissa said...

I definitely think they're two different senses although they are certainly linked. I recall saying on more than one occasion that something tastes the way something else smells, but I don't think things always taste the way that they smell. Like for me, I like the way wine smells but don't like the way it tastes.

Heather said...

I think most men are lacking a more developed sense of taste. Most men gobble, inhale, or otherwise quickly dispatch their food without really tasting it. They really don't understand the concept of after taste.

Of course, these are generalizations based on watching my hubby gobble his food. He's learning to savor.

I think that food has several "levels" to taste, which includes the related sense of smell.

Jeni said...

I agree with you. I think things can taste the way they smell, but not always.

Have him try some vanilla extract. Or cocoa powder. Those are two great example of things that smell wonderful, but taste horribly bitter.

organicsyes said...

Different...as in the examples above...I love vanilla extract..but not the taste before it is in something:
Fun question!
Happy party:)
Susan

Andrew said...

Maybe it's just that my "bitter" taste-buds are defective? I think vanilla extract tastes the way it smells, just multiplied to a (almost uncomfortable) large degree. Same with Cocoa... huh. In my defense, a Doctor friend that has done some trauma rotations did confirm that with damage to the olfactory nerve comes drastic changes in taste! And I stand by that as my main defense! =D

(in full disclosure though, I must admit that Tiffany's brother did find a weird type greenery in a "spring mix" lettuce bag that had drastically different taste and smell... drat)

Ter said...

I agree with you.. things that smell good don't always taste good!

Anonymous said...

Tiff
I think we should all cut Andy some slack. I mean lets face facts; Andy is color-blind. Based on the strongly held medical beliefs; most people suffering from a lack of one sense become hypersensitive with the remainder. This could explain Andy's super taste/smell co-mingled sense or he's just nuts, 'cause I agree with you whole-heartedly on the coffee thing!
Geoff

Andrew said...

I like option one... I must just have super taste/smell because of my lousy sight/color blindness!

kailani said...

I think smell and taste are not always the same. Coffee is a great example. I also think that baking bread smells a lot better than it tastes. ;-)