Super palates

In idly browsing the internet, I came across this description of Booker’s, a bourbon, as observed by a group called the Wine Enthusiasts:

A first-rate, multilayered bouquet that includes notes of cocoa, cigar tobacco and paraffin with aromas of caramel corn, cotton candy, oak and tapioca. The palate entry features tastes of spice, buttered corn, bacon fat and cream; the midpalate displays traces of butterscotch, nougat, sap, maple and vanilla. Finishes spirity and biscuity. Add water to reduce the alcohol.

I’ve never tasted such a thing, and my imagination fails me: A combination of cocoa, tobacco, caramel corn, cotton candy, and BACON FAT? And cream, buttered corn, and butterscotch? And it’s all BISCUITY? And such combinations are experienced as tasting GOOD?

This description reads like a parody of wine connoisseurs, but it is in total ernest. Can a person have such a sensitive palate that can actually register all of that? It sounds like one of those confections from “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://problemsareforsolving.blogpeoria.com James Lansberry

    I didn’t get all that out of what I tasted, but this is definitely the best bourbon I’ve ever had. The complexity of the flavor was high, but I agree about the whole wonka thing.

  • http://problemsareforsolving.blogpeoria.com James Lansberry

    I didn’t get all that out of what I tasted, but this is definitely the best bourbon I’ve ever had. The complexity of the flavor was high, but I agree about the whole wonka thing.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Reminds me of ‘crunchy frog.’

  • Susan aka organshoes

    Reminds me of ‘crunchy frog.’

  • Bruce

    “Yeah, I’ve got the strawberry..!”

    “You’re chewing GUM???”

    SIDEWAYS

  • Bruce

    “Yeah, I’ve got the strawberry..!”

    “You’re chewing GUM???”

    SIDEWAYS

  • CRB

    I think Miles had the right choice: Pinot Noir from Calif.!

  • CRB

    I think Miles had the right choice: Pinot Noir from Calif.!

  • jim claybourn

    A website called Wine Library TV does a daily wine-related video.

    If you’ve got 30 minutes or so to watch a hilarios video, this one is a classic on developing your tasting “palate”:

    http://tv.winelibrary.com/2006/12/15/how-to-get-your-wine-palate-trained-episode-148/

  • jim claybourn

    A website called Wine Library TV does a daily wine-related video.

    If you’ve got 30 minutes or so to watch a hilarios video, this one is a classic on developing your tasting “palate”:

    http://tv.winelibrary.com/2006/12/15/how-to-get-your-wine-palate-trained-episode-148/

  • MarkE

    I suspect food writers employ some kind of Random Adjective Generator to come up with such flavor descriptions. They combine a handful of adjectives from Column A, a noun or two from Column B, and finish with several incongruous smells and flavors from Column C.

  • MarkE

    I suspect food writers employ some kind of Random Adjective Generator to come up with such flavor descriptions. They combine a handful of adjectives from Column A, a noun or two from Column B, and finish with several incongruous smells and flavors from Column C.

  • S. Bauer

    Food and wine critics come close to the kind of writing used by the art critics who went gaga over the paintings of what turned out to be a 4 year old.

  • S. Bauer

    Food and wine critics come close to the kind of writing used by the art critics who went gaga over the paintings of what turned out to be a 4 year old.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    It occurs to me the basic food groups all get a mention.
    Breakfast, a late lunch, perhaps, plus dessert and some snacks.
    Maybe Booker’s bourbon could replace the MRE. I’m sure I know some soldiers who’d drink to that.

  • Susan aka organshoes

    It occurs to me the basic food groups all get a mention.
    Breakfast, a late lunch, perhaps, plus dessert and some snacks.
    Maybe Booker’s bourbon could replace the MRE. I’m sure I know some soldiers who’d drink to that.


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