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Using your senses to taste tea
During the tasting process, our perception of the different sensations happens in three stages:
- The next stage takes place in the mouth, by taking a sip. Two senses are involved: taste and touch. As far as taste is concerned, there are three possible flavors with tea: bitter, sour and sweet, each one being more or less discernible in different parts of the mouth. Our sense of touch is activated by contact with the mucous membrane and the teeth; it allows us to enjoy the texture and the temperature of the liqueur. It is at this moment that we can feel the astringency, the body and the smoothness of the tea. There has still been no perception of aroma though, and from the point of view of taste, the information provided by this second step is still very limited.
- At the moment of swallowing, retro-olfaction takes place, in other words an exhalation of air through the nose provokes a simultaneous inhalation of air through the mouth. This "draft of air" completely cleans out the sensitive area of our olfactory apparatus and we can then smell 100% of the aroma molecules. To understand the importance of this step, one only has to hold one's nose at the moment of swallowing: in this way, retro-olfaction does not happen and perception will be limited to the three flavor sensations described above.
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It is indeed through smell that we perceive the essence of what we "taste" and through smell that the aromatic complexity of a drink like tea is revealed.