Reply to "Tannins"

Interesting. You prove my point with your analogy. A blind person will never be able to describe red, because red is absent.

In the same way, while I can describe the presence of tannins in my mouth because I sense the physical puckering of my cheeks followed by the absence of saliva, the absence of tannins I cannot describe. I simply say: this particular wine does not give the astrigent sensation.

Then again, I am a novice and thus, have not developed the poetic jargon so commonly used to describe the taste of wine.

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Originally posted by irwin:
Tannins are tasted (or at least for me) mostly on the insides of the cheeks, not so much on the tongue. They have a dry dusky feel to them.
But trying to write what something tastes like is tough. It is a little like trying to describe what "Fire Engine Red" is to a blind person.
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