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Taste of wine

Umami Call it the Yum-Yum Factor

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" or "yummy."

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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