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(Eat Sip Trip)   Apparently, some people are "supertasters". They're not the heroes we asked for, but they are the heroes we deserve   ( eatsiptrip.10best.com) divider line
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2018-02-08 05:59:49 PM  
John Lee Supertaster
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2018-02-08 06:44:48 PM  
I'm going to have an extra beer tonight to hopefully wipe this useless knowledge from my mind.
 
2018-02-08 07:06:55 PM  
Is this about rim jobs?
 
2018-02-08 07:12:21 PM  
I hope they can't taste this fart. Who am I kidding, yes I do.
 
2018-02-08 07:16:52 PM  
I've always suspected I'm a supertaster. Hate veggies, cilantro is soap, don't drink coffee (disgusting even with a butt-ton of sugar and cream), don't even like most fruits (grapefruits are awful). Love bitter chocolate though, which seems out of place. Many veggies bring me to the edge of vomitous (cauliflower, for one).  My father in law had me try Campari a few nights ago, and I had to go brush my tongue after just a sip. I've often been envious of people who can "eat anything".

That said, I seem to love the foods I like more than most people. My daily routine is rather driven by my tastebuds. I wake up thinking about where to eat lunch.
 
2018-02-08 07:27:34 PM  
Make them eat anchovies.
 
2018-02-08 07:31:29 PM  
This article feels dead on.  I have the fantastic combination of a poor sense of smell and a very acute sense of taste.  It's not great.  Growing up I was a 'fussy eater'.  Vegetables tasted like poison, bitter with a nasty and lingering aftertaste.  And it's really smell that makes food 'taste' good, so many foods people like are either bland to me or just awful.

Fortunately my sense of taste has been slowly dying over the years and I can actually manage to chew vegetables without actually and literally throwing up.
 
2018-02-08 07:36:27 PM  
Being a supertaster sucks.  Things taste awful and no one else understands.  "It tastes good to me!"  Well it tastes like poison or like medicine, bitter, bad, terrible, and/or sour to me.

Unlike Pehvbot, I also have a great sense of smell, so I can taste and smell it all.
 
2018-02-08 07:44:52 PM  
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2018-02-08 07:48:07 PM  
Do you whine about perfectly normal foods, claiming that they "taste like ass"? Do people hate to go to restaurants with you? Do you think ketchup is too spicy? Congrats, you're a super taster.
 
2018-02-08 08:07:21 PM  

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Came for this; leaving satisfied. Anyway I seem to get hit hard by bitter things. Grapefruits are right out. Brussels sprouts too. Also Quinine. I'm not sure where I stand on cilantro; It's certainly a strong, immediate flavor when I eat it compared to say my wife, who says she barely notices it, but I don't really register it as "bad" or "soap."
 
2018-02-08 08:16:09 PM  
But, are they less filling?
 
2018-02-08 08:22:40 PM  
I'm a supper-taster. I'm gonna taste something involving tomato sauce, I think.
 
2018-02-08 08:29:06 PM  
I'm pretty sure I'm a super taster...Vinegar in particular tastes like certain death to me.
 
2018-02-08 08:35:37 PM  

KingBiefWhistle: Grapefruits are right out. Brussels sprouts too. Also Quinine. I'm not sure where I stand on cilantro; It's certainly a strong, immediate flavor when I eat it compared to say my wife, who says she barely notices it, but I don't really register it as "bad" or "soap."


I like (or in the case of quinine, tolerate) everything on your list.

But can't stand beets, walnuts or pecans.

// points at beet thread from a day or two ago
 
2018-02-08 08:37:07 PM  
^ and I don't think I'm a supertaster, I think it's just a genetic disposition to bitter foods
(I, and my closest ancestors hail from an island rich in sweet tropical fruits, I never even saw a beet until I was a teenager living in the US).
 
2018-02-08 09:01:07 PM  

adidasoccer: I'm pretty sure I'm a super taster...Vinegar in particular tastes like certain death to me.


Bitter sets me off (i agree with brussels sprouts poster) but I love vinegar. I regularly drink pickle juice.
 
2018-02-08 09:29:29 PM  
When we were in 8th grade science, we did the paper taste test (looks like litmus paper) and I was the only super taster in the class.

I love black coffee, but I have an extreme aversion to overroasted beans. Even some of the best beans, I freeze explicitly to knock out any over bitterness. I like a lot of foods other super taster often dislike, like Cilantro.

But, when a beer is one day passed due and it warms up a touch, I cannot stomach it. Most people will drink it for weeks or months past my gone bad by date. That's not a great super power to have, and it leaves me very selective about beers, and I tend to only get them fresh from draught and drink within a day (like growlers) as a result, or stick to long term viable brands and styles for keeping anything on hand.
 
2018-02-08 09:35:22 PM  
I can't stand bitter things but taking a miracle berry extract lozenge before eating makes things like grapefruit taste pretty good. Makes limes taste like candy. shiatty beer tastes decent too. Wonder if any of the Fark Supertasters have tried something like Miracle Frooties or mBerry lozenges and what it's like from their perspective?
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2018-02-08 10:11:17 PM  
I doubt I'm a supertaster. I just hate most food and drink. Still manage to be fat though. Oh well.
 
2018-02-08 10:27:08 PM  

Tell Me How My Blog Tastes: I hope they can't taste this fart. Who am I kidding, yes I do.


Your blog is tasteless.
 
2018-02-08 10:34:13 PM  

germ78: I can't stand bitter things but taking a miracle berry extract lozenge before eating makes things like grapefruit taste pretty good


I've done a miracle fruit sampler at one of my parties before.
(basically, dissolve a tablet in your mouth, then sample various sour/bitter stuff ... I first learned about them fro that one episode of law and order)

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2018-02-08 11:16:15 PM  

lordargent: germ78: I can't stand bitter things but taking a miracle berry extract lozenge before eating makes things like grapefruit taste pretty good

I've done a miracle fruit sampler at one of my parties before.
(basically, dissolve a tablet in your mouth, then sample various sour/bitter stuff ... I first learned about them fro that one episode of law and order)

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Me and the Mrs had a miracle berry tasting party (just two of is, but it was still a party). We stocked up on all kinds of sour stuff and liquor. Cheap tequila was actually really pleasant to drink straight, no chaser needed. That was a wild night.

I'm a confirmed supertaster too. I got a little vial of test strips from Amazon for $5. I like bitter food like broccoli, but I can't stand grapefruit and a lot of bitter beers.
 
2018-02-08 11:16:49 PM  
Wow, this headline has reddit written all over it. Statement of willful ignorance followed by a witless non sequitur meme or cliche.
 
2018-02-08 11:19:57 PM  
I see the "fark cilantro" people are out. Not judging, but with cilantro you're talking about a single taste receptor and not the whole gamut of receptors you do or do not express.

/Cilantro is wonderful
 
2018-02-08 11:36:23 PM  

stammelford: I see the "fark cilantro" people are out. Not judging, but with cilantro you're talking about a single taste receptor and not the whole gamut of receptors you do or do not express.

/Cilantro is wonderful


I argue you need to be tongue blind to enjoy cilantro.

Cilantro has two contrasting notes, like an opera valkrie singing beautifully while limp bizkit plays next to her. By potting down limp bizkit to zero, you only hear the fat lady singing. But they're still there and they're doing terrible things to Who songs, only you can't hear them.

But some of us CAN hear them. We get the bigger picture. And while the opera singer might have pipes like a goddess, limp bizkit ruins it.
 
2018-02-09 12:15:02 AM  
I know cilantro has soapy qualities. That's one of the reasons I like it.

/papalo leaf, too
 
2018-02-09 12:15:15 AM  
Yep...supertaster here...and it is definitely not a super power...it actually sucks pretty bad.  Essentially, just about everything tastes really bitter. My friends and I ordered a kit online with various chemical taste strips to that you test to see what you can/can't taste. You do it as a blind test so there's no bias. Well...I tasted them all...and the tastes stayed in my mouth for hours. As a kid my parents used to always tell me I was a picky eater. Truth was I was just a supertaster.

What really sucks is that all red wine tastes the same to me : sour vinegar. Pinot Noir you say? Malbec? Cab Sav? that's great.......sour vinegar. Oh is that a merlot?...sour vinegar. Doesn't matter.
All beer tastes like perfume/soap mixed with crushed aspirin. (especially IPAs...which are of course the hippest/trendiest beer right now).
Green veggies taste like aspirin.....especially kale
black coffee and green tea both taste like bitter hell juice (although coffee w/cream is tolerable)
cilantro = soap
anything spicy is SUPER spicy...so all "good" mexican food or asian food with spice is out for me.
Even melons taste bitter. Especially watermelon. I still have never found another person that thinks watermelon is bitter.

The only food I like is either sweet or bland. And of course sugar is not the best food, but I have to sweeten things to overpower the bitterness. Ironically, the one "bitter" food that I do like is dark chocolate.

It's not a super power...it's a curse.
 
2018-02-09 12:32:19 AM  

kaedric: Yep...supertaster here...and it is definitely not a super power...it actually sucks pretty bad.  Essentially, just about everything tastes really bitter. My friends and I ordered a kit online with various chemical taste strips to that you test to see what you can/can't taste. You do it as a blind test so there's no bias. Well...I tasted them all...and the tastes stayed in my mouth for hours. As a kid my parents used to always tell me I was a picky eater. Truth was I was just a supertaster.

What really sucks is that all red wine tastes the same to me : sour vinegar. Pinot Noir you say? Malbec? Cab Sav? that's great.......sour vinegar. Oh is that a merlot?...sour vinegar. Doesn't matter.
All beer tastes like perfume/soap mixed with crushed aspirin. (especially IPAs...which are of course the hippest/trendiest beer right now).
Green veggies taste like aspirin.....especially kale
black coffee and green tea both taste like bitter hell juice (although coffee w/cream is tolerable)
cilantro = soap
anything spicy is SUPER spicy...so all "good" mexican food or asian food with spice is out for me.
Even melons taste bitter. Especially watermelon. I still have never found another person that thinks watermelon is bitter.

The only food I like is either sweet or bland. And of course sugar is not the best food, but I have to sweeten things to overpower the bitterness. Ironically, the one "bitter" food that I do like is dark chocolate.

It's not a super power...it's a curse.


Yea, that is the opposite of super. Seems like it wouldn't even drive you to healthy eating as a result of things tasting bad.

I suspect I'm on the other end of things. Broccoli isn't remotely bitter, beer and wine are great, etc.
 
2018-02-09 12:35:03 AM  

doglover: stammelford: I see the "fark cilantro" people are out. Not judging, but with cilantro you're talking about a single taste receptor and not the whole gamut of receptors you do or do not express.

/Cilantro is wonderful

I argue you need to be tongue blind to enjoy cilantro.

Cilantro has two contrasting notes, like an opera valkrie singing beautifully while limp bizkit plays next to her. By potting down limp bizkit to zero, you only hear the fat lady singing. But they're still there and they're doing terrible things to Who songs, only you can't hear them.

But some of us CAN hear them. We get the bigger picture. And while the opera singer might have pipes like a goddess, limp bizkit ruins it.


Can't argue against perception. My point was just that people who get the soap phenomenon when eating cilantro most likely have a mutation in that one receptor, and that does not necessarily qualify you as a "supertaster".
 
2018-02-09 01:01:40 AM  
And the more I learn, the less convinced I'm a supertaster and the more convinced I'm mildly synesthetic. 

/tastes has shapes
//no sense of smell, I actually prefer incredibly spicy foods, but I can suck back the salt too, so. . . guess I need some blue food coloring.
 
2018-02-09 02:16:27 AM  
stammelford:

And I say if you can't taste the soapy note, you're disabled.

in the wild, tasting poison is the bare minimum for survival
 
2018-02-09 02:40:54 AM  

pehvbot: This article feels dead on.  I have the fantastic combination of a poor sense of smell and a very acute sense of taste.  It's not great.  Growing up I was a 'fussy eater'.  Vegetables tasted like poison, bitter with a nasty and lingering aftertaste.  And it's really smell that makes food 'taste' good, so many foods people like are either bland to me or just awful.


kaedric:
What really sucks is that all red wine tastes the same to me : sour vinegar. Pinot Noir you say? Malbec? Cab Sav? that's great.......sour vinegar. Oh is that a merlot?...sour vinegar. Doesn't matter.
All beer tastes like perfume/soap mixed with crushed aspirin. (especially IPAs...which are of course the hippest/trendiest beer right now).
Green veggies taste like aspirin.....especially kale
black coffee and green tea both taste like bitter hell juice
(although coffee w/cream is tolerable)
cilantro = soap
anything spicy is SUPER spicy...so all "good" mexican food or asian food with spice is out for me.
Even melons taste bitter. Especially watermelon. I still have never found another person that thinks watermelon is bitter.


kyuzokai:
Bitter sets me off (i agree with brussels sprouts poster) but I love vinegar. I regularly drink pickle juice.

Bolded the stuff that I have.
I taste the air more than smell. When there's a strong unpleasant spell, people are like "breathe through your mouth" I'm like "screw that!". Also, coffee smells like cat pee. Never had the slightest inclination to drink it. I like sour and hot, but can't stand bitter. Veggies, especially the cruciferous ones, are bitter and nasty. I'll eat corn, but that's really a grain rather than a veggie.
 
2018-02-09 03:25:38 AM  

kaedric: What really sucks is that all red wine tastes the same to me : sour vinegar. Pinot Noir you say? Malbec? Cab Sav? that's great.......sour vinegar. Oh is that a merlot?...sour vinegar. Doesn't matter.


I like red wine that tastes like sour grape juice. The issue I have is that many of them don't. Some taste unpleasant because they're flowery/soapy, and some taste bad because they have a flavor like oak/wood/turpentine. I've never understood what people are tasting when they write about a zillion different flavors in wine reviews, but there are a very few specific things that I detect across different types.

I don't know if that means I can taste better or worse than normal.
 
2018-02-09 03:28:58 AM  

NotARocketScientist: Also, coffee smells like cat pee. Never had the slightest inclination to drink it.


I kind of agree, with respect to Starbucks coffee in particular. But other coffee doesn't to me. In fact some coffee grounds have a rich chocolate-like smell to me.
 
2018-02-09 07:21:47 AM  
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2018-02-09 09:17:10 AM  
If that nose-to-taste thing is true, how can Limburger cheese smell like a long dead roadkill groundhog but taste delicious?

Come to think of it, I've never tasted aged groundhog so how would I know?
 
2018-02-09 09:37:45 AM  
On the one hand: it is entirely logical that there would be people whose sense of taste is significantly more
sensitive than the norm.

On the other:  by and large, a lot of the people who loudly proclaim themselves as 'supertasters' also
happen to be opinionated foodie tools who are probably 'allergic' to gluten.

/Feeling judgemental this morning
//But not wrong.
 
2018-02-09 01:37:38 PM  

itcamefromschenectady: NotARocketScientist: Also, coffee smells like cat pee. Never had the slightest inclination to drink it.

I kind of agree, with respect to Starbucks coffee in particular. But other coffee doesn't to me. In fact some coffee grounds have a rich chocolate-like smell to me.


That happens when the beans are roasted dark. I've bought store brand dark roast coffee beans that also smelled fishy. Most vendors who know decent coffee do medium or light roasts.

Chocolate is also made from roasted seeds, so there's some similarity in how it smells and tastes.
 
2018-02-09 07:41:49 PM  

cyberspacedout: That happens when the beans are roasted dark. I've bought store brand dark roast coffee beans that also smelled fishy. Most vendors who know decent coffee do medium or light roasts.


Nah, I've bought Peet's coffee that's very dark and not had a problem with it. In fact, it seemed better than their medium roast.
 
2018-02-10 12:17:20 AM  

itcamefromschenectady: cyberspacedout: That happens when the beans are roasted dark. I've bought store brand dark roast coffee beans that also smelled fishy. Most vendors who know decent coffee do medium or light roasts.

Nah, I've bought Peet's coffee that's very dark and not had a problem with it. In fact, it seemed better than their medium roast.


They know how to do it right. Too many others don't.

Ironically enough, the founders of Starbucks learned to roast from Alfred Peet. From what I hear, their product went downhill in the late 80s or so.

Peet's used to have an awesome medium roast called Cafe Solano, which seems to have disappeared a number of years ago. Their others just don't measure up to what I remember if it.
 
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