Hello Happy Mutants, I’ve wanted for some time to invite my friends to some sort of “blind taste” party.
The afternoon/evening would consist of “games”, where people would have to guess the brand of a particular cookie, to identify common spices, that sort of thing.
Now that I’m actually planning it, I’m having a lot of ideas for things to try out, in an almost scientific manner (the difference between goofing around and actual science is writing stuff down).
Here are some ideas I’ve had :
- Is price important ? Can you distinguish a cheap bottle of wine from a nice one ?
- Testing your assumptions : can you really tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi, between diet and regular sodas ? I’ve read many times that people actually can’t (see Blink by Malcolm Gladwell), but I’ve never actually tried it.
- Mineral waters ? A lot of people, myself included, really like certain brands, and dislike others, and I really want to try that
- What is umami, the 5th sense that your taste buds know ?
And so on… do you guys have ideas for others “experiments” that could be fun ? It won’t be only differentiation tests, we could try to rank a bunch of cookies, for instance, to discover which brand is actually our favorite
Isn’t there also some weird fruit from China that modifies your taste ? I saw that on an episode of CSI Has anyone here ever tried it ?
What steps should I take to make the experiments the most “scientific” ? White plates, nothing on the table ? And how do you “reset” your taste buds between each test ? A glass of water, or milk ?