Top 10 weird wine tastes

10th June, 2014 by Lauren Eads

From the sweet tinge of bubblegum to the metallic tang of blood, the world of wine is home to some less than ordinary tastes and aromas.

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Recently an Oxford professor said the theory that humans can decipher just five tastes was outdated and needed to be revised.

Speaking to the drinks business, Charles Spence, professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University, said far from the five commonly held tastes of sweet, sour, salty, bitter and recently umami, there are actually as many as 20 different tastes.

These include fat, metallic, calcium, astringency and hotness, however those in the world of wine might argue that there are hundreds more.

While typical wine tastes might include blackcurrant, raspberry, cherry and strawberry, for the more finely trained palate, a great many more flavours are distinguishable, as this list proves.

For some of the world of wines more unusual tastes, scroll through….

3 Responses to “Top 10 weird wine tastes”

  1. Manu says:

    Very interesting article!

  2. And if you don’t think there are a galaxy of wine flavor descriptors, just read Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth reviews!

  3. “Bloody” is something I occasionally find in red wines, and love.

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