AN INTRODUCTION TO TASTE
Taste is subjective and a personal thing, what one person enjoys another may not. This is best reflected with Marmite; you love or hate it! Personally, I love it! But this example translates to how you perceive both smell and taste.
The beverage industry is full of brands trying to lure you in with their unique botanicals and stories. With Explorer's Gin we use Red Cedar, which has big bold pine tones, peppers provide the warmth and citrus provides the zing. Whilst the story and botanicals are both unique and compelling, how do the other flavours translate? What should you expect from coriander seed, angelica root, bay leaf and angelica seed?
How should you describe what you are drinking?
BOTANICAL WHEEL OF TASTING
There are no rights or wrongs in trying to describe what you are drinking. I hope in breaking down the journey it gives you the framework whilst the Gin Foundry botanical tasting wheel can help identify those flavours. As Olivier Ward from Gin Foundry states 'It is just gin, there is no need to navel gaze or be a snob. Taste it to discover what you like and dislike; how you prefer to drink it. Then relax, get tonic and ice and just enjoy it.'