Taste of wine
Umami Call it the Yum-Yum
Umami is what many believe to be a fifth primary
taste, in addition to sweet, sour, salty and bitter. It's called umami
because a scientist in Japan came up with the idea about 95 years
ago. The concept has been controversial, but researchers have recently
isolated taste receptors on the tongue for amino acids that are believed
to produce the umami taste. What is it? That's a tough one, because
we don't seem to have a word for it, after all, we weren't even sure
it existed. The Japanese word umami supposedly translates as "delicious"
Mushroom or Oak?
Researchers in Germany have identified mushroom and coconut characters
in drinks like whisky and wine as being derived from oak... Oak
is an influential factor in the flavour of drinks from beer to wine
and whisky. Now German researchers have shown that characters identified
typically as mushroom and coconut have come from oak.
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