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Do you let the aroma from Champagne excite your senses before tasting?

20 Aug

Everyone knows that the way we experience the world is through the five senses. In order to understand something truly, it needs either tasted, smelled, touched, heard, or seen. The amazing thing about the five senses is the way experiences imprints on a person’s mind.

One sip of specific champagne brand, or the scent of a champagne, could instantly bring a person back to their wedding day, or the New Year’s Eve event that changed their life. Whatever the memory brought forth by the taste and scent, these two senses play a big role in recalling it forward.

Research, however, suggests the scent of something plays the larger role in memory recall, or the final decision as to whether it will taste good or bad. For instance, if a person were to take a sip of their favourite drink, whilst plugging their nose, the taste of the drink disappears.

It is the olfactory sense that produces the results of certain tastes. It is the nose and its ability to notice scents that tells the brain whether a person is about to eat or drink something wrong. Case in point, the smell of milk or an egg turned, produces a rotten smell that tells the brain, to tell the person about to eat or drink it, to set it down and throw it in the bin.

This is why it is proper to smell the champagne before tasting it. When a review is written about champagne, it will always include the phrase…”on the nose,” or something to that effect. Smelling the champagne or wine for that matter helps the person’s brain categorize the smells to make certain it is not spoilt, but it also adds to the experience of the taste, especially when it smells delicious.

Here is one excellent example of a champagne review (please note that Champagne Direct has made it a priority to post reviews in the description portion of all the products to help with purchase choice):

Product: Moet & Chandon Rose £24.95, “On the nose the aromas are intense and irresistible, a lively bouquet of fresh red summer berries with floral nuances and a light peppery touch. The palate is flamboyant and combines intensity and roundness: fleshy and juicy at first, then firm, with a subtle herbal finish.”

In summary, enjoy a glass of champagne better by first letting the bouquet of aromas awaken your senses before enjoying and treasuring the taste of that first sip.

 

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