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Questions tagged [taste]

Questions about flavor and how it is influenced by various factors such as temperature and glassware.

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Will Adding Wood Chips meant for smoking to whiskey add bad flavor

Take a Kirkland Blended Whisky or something similar. Is it reasonable to put that in a container with smoking wood chips and let sit for a long while with good results? Are there any gotchas that ...
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Bad spirits experience - cannot drink that specific type anymore

One time, I had a bad experience with vodka; I drank a very excessive amount in one night. As a result, I can no longer drink vodka or even smell it with out getting queasy / sick. This was several ...
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What characteristics does Becks have, and what are similar beers?

I haven't been drinking for years. And over the last month, I've been trying a small variety of beers, but they all had a taste I can't put my finger on that I didn't like. I was starting to wonder if ...
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Why are so many real ales so sweet

When I go to a pub now the choice of real ales seems to be between "bitters" that are in fact very sweet (e.g. London Pride, TT Landlord etc), or very hoppy beers. When I was a lad you could get ...
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Why does Beck's taste more bitter than Heineken?

Why does Beck's taste more bitter than Heineken? Is it due to the sugar content?
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Cotton Candy grapes (wine)

Has any attempt been made to produce wine(s) using Cotton Candy Grapes? (Also curious what such a wine would taste like.)
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Which temperature should be recommended in serving wine?

Every wine has its own temperature of serving so how we will predict the best temperature for serving wine or at which best temperature it should be served?
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Ice cubes in rum

I drink my rum straight. Recently was sipping on a glass of rum and a mate poured some cubes (before filling the rum) into his glass. If this is not the same difference of opinions vis a vis whiskey ...
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What are tannins in wine? [closed]

How we can classify tannins used in making of different wines like white wine and red wine on the basis of wood tannins and grape tannins?
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What's the point of drinking light booze?

I hear alcohol itself has no delicious flavor, if any, also light drinks have such a small amount of alcohol that won't make you feel tipsy. So it's a question for me why is there alcohol in light ...
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Is it possible to have a non-alcoholic Gin?

Is it possible to have a non-alcoholic gin? Tastes like gin but without the alcohol. Tonic on its own just isn't the same, but as the years go by I feel the need to minimise the 'volume' in my glass....
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Why do some wines taste salty?

I recently moved to a new city in Austria and have noticed that many (but not all, so it’s definitely not a problem with my taste perception) of the local red wines taste salty. I’ve tried red wines ...
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Refrigerate Non-Alcoholic beer?

Should non-alcoholic beer be refrigerated to preserve it? How long does non-alcoholic beer last when not refrigerated?
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What should I expect from a Belgian double (dubbel)?

I know dubbels are considered as strong beers, but what should I expect in when I try one of them? What are their defining characteristic? What should I expect in term of taste, foam, color and ...
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What should I expect from a Belgian triple (tripel)?

I know from this question that doubles and triples are stronger than the "single" version. And from what I've seen, Belgian triple are often closer to be blond and golden while doubles are often ...
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Do different beer glass shapes really make a difference in taste?

I understand the basic distinction for wine glasses: red wine glasses are shaped to help keep some of the aroma inside the glass, whereas whites don't. But shapes for beer glasses, such as pilsner vs ...
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What alcohol would go good with tea?

I drink tea. I had a thought about putting something into it. What good alcohol can I think about putting into the tea?
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What's a good (neutral) sample beer to spike with a sensory training kit?

I recently ordered a sensory training kit from Siebel Institute. In short, glass vials of liquid isolating flavors (including off-flavors and contamination) commonly found in beer. The instructions ...
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Difference between “Ale's” beer

What is the difference between "The Ale", "The Brown Ale", and the "Mild Ale" beers? The colour seems more or less the same so, is it the taste that normally is different or is the level of alcohol ...
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Impact of bottling in plastic on beer taste

Beer is commonly bottled in plastic bottles in Germany. Does drinking beer from plastic have some negative impact on beer taste? Or are the materials from which the bottles are made chosen so that ...
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Are there any beer styles that are served flat?

I thought of this question when I've read the one about mulled beer. I thought heating the beer would make it lose carbonation, but then I've read somewhere that you have to carbonate the mulled beer ...
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Vaping Alcohol - fad or here to stay?

Just recently I discovered that not only can I vape in stead of smoking, but I can also vape instead of drinking. What's vaping alcohol all about? Well, you put a shot of spirits into an orb, which ...
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Do lights and music enhance a cocktail?

OK, so here I sit, in a fantastic marina (yes I live on a boat), but every Saturday and Sunday night the local cocktail bar has a rather serious disco, or should I say Saturday morning/Sunday morning (...
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Glassware for Beer [duplicate]

It's kind of simple question, I'd like to know why exists different kinds of glass for each beer. Could glass affect beer taste? How? Or is this just marketing?
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Fashionable gins - are they what they claim to be?

I have always enjoyed a G&T. I have my favorite brands, not only of gin, but also of tonic. But I have noticed that there is a whole slew of them now. So, how do I know which ones are made ...
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What soft drinks mix well with alcohol to make a great drink?

What soft drinks mix well with alcohol to make a great, yet unique tasting drink? We have all heard of rum and coke which is known as a Cuba Libre. I would like to try some other soft drinks with ...
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What ingredients leave beer with sugary taste?

I know that exists those beers that uses fruits and then leaving beer with sugary taste, for example Belgian Hoergaaden with orange zest. But there are those without any fruit part and it's yet sweet. ...
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Do wines from grafted vine stock taste different from non-grafted?

The Phylloxera plague of the 19th century devastated the grape stocks of Europe. However, Charles Valentine Riley and J. E. Planchon grafted the vines (Vitis vinifera) onto rootstock of an American ...
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Spirits over 50%. Taste v effect

I like a gin or 2, but tend to stick to the 37.5% stuff opposed to the stronger stuff. I don't get any extra taste, just fall over quicker! I understand that for some of the better whiskeys a little ...
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What is so special about Guinness DRAUGHT?

I haven't heard a lot about the DRAUGHT (Guinness) in terms of its taste. But my brother insists to say that DRAUGHT is the queen of the Guinness. But I found nothing special, indeed, I find it ...
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Spittoons - in a friendly wine tasting

We sometimes do a friendly wine tasting. The idea is to discover good, well priced wines available locally - something that you might not have bought yourself. Everyone brings a bottle, they are ...
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Should English/English-style beers be served warmer, since that is how the taste was developed?

Given that the British tend to drink their beer at a higher temperature than those of us in the US, should beer brewed in an English style be consumed that way? The justification I can think of is: ...
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What alcohol beverage goes well with a certain type of smoking?

Some beverages go well with different foods. White wine with fish, red wine with ... Is there such a thing as beverage and smokes combinations that suit the taste buds? For example, beer with ...
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Is beer dangerous to drink past its “sell by” date?

I have a bud light in a friend's refrigerator that has a date of May 14 2007. I have heard of people drinking beer after the posted date, but does it turn harmful after all these years if I drink it?
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How can I improve the flavor of a cheap bottle of sparkling wine?

How can I improve on a cheap bottle of bubbly wine? I thought of a few ideas myself but instead of wasting it I thought I'd ask. BTW, by improving I mean make it taste better.
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Trying to Find a Good Beer for A Friend

I have a friend who never really got into beer. Something about it just doesn't taste right to her, I guess; regardless, she is still open to trying beer and wants to find some that she actually ...
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What alcohol products go well with a particular type of coffee?

What alcohol products go well with a particular type of coffee? I enjoy the odd Irish Coffee occasionally. Desiring to expand my coffee/alcohol combos, I would like to know what types of coffee goes ...
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How can I learn to recognize the flavor and aroma of different varieties of hops?

Background: I was drinking a New Belgium "Tour de Fall" last week and thinking about the hops that I was tasting in the finish. For me, hops in general were a pretty slowly acquired taste, and I didn'...
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Regarding light beers and dark beers: how would you make a light beer taste more like a dark beer?

How would you make a light beer taste more like a dark beer? In other words, if you like light beer better than dark beer but you think that light beer could use more taste, what could you add or is ...
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Why do most beers from ex-soviet countries have a honey note?

Almost all beers, especially lager beers I've had in ex-soviet countries have a slight honey taste to them. I'm sure this is not intentional. It could be due to Pentanedione but why in this region? ...
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What is the strongest beer?

I've always wondered what the strongest beer in the world is and how would taste. Are there reliable historical records of a very strong beer? What would be the highest % alcohol that's Brewable for ...
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What would cause the same beer to taste different

I noticed that a beer in the bottle tastes one way and the same beer served to me in a cup elsewhere tastes different. First, I thought the temperature difference would cause the taste difference, ...
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What makes sour beers sour?

I like sour beers and am curious what makes them sour. What's the process that results in the range of sourness?
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What is a comparable beer to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier?

I am trying to think of what US brewed beer tastes most similar to a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier...
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Different Beer with Different food

I was wondering if there are certain combinations of beer and food go perfect together in my own experience I have found that Negra Modelo goes really well with Mexican food do you guys know of any ...
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What is the best serving size for a beer tasting

I saw a comment asking this question here, and became curious. In the context of a tasting panel or competition, what is the appropriate serving size?
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How to know which tequila should be for drinks and which one meant to be drank on its own

A while ago I was told that I should choose my tequilas carefully since ones are meant to be drank on their own(not chased, not mixed) and others (supposedly cause they're lower quality) can and ...
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Is Guinness really different in Ireland, compared to what's sold in the US?

I've never liked the taste of Guinness, on tap or from the can. But I have heard that it's much better tasting in Ireland, and the export one is completely different. Is there any truth to this, and ...
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Why would one choose to use Nitro vs CO2 as a beer gas?

Some beers have taste different on Nitro vs CO2. I'm sure there is science behind this. Why choose one over the other?
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What is the closest tasting beer to Erdinger?

I love Erdinger and wheat beers in general, after trying some of Erdginers others types I wondered what other beer out there is close to Erdinger taste