Tasting Exercise: Olfactory Acuity

My goal while learning about different wines is to become proficient in all of the aspects of tasting.  There are a plethora of tasting exercises that can be completed to help accomplish this goal.  This week I will be focusing on expanding my olfactory acuity.

* Blind smell the real deal! Have someone place different fruits, spices, soils, flowers, pencil shavings, honey, butter, vegetables, etc. to smell blind.

* Just after smelling through, have six classic wines and smell for similarities.  Take notes and try to commit these smells to memory.

* Repeat this exercise with the same flight four days in a row to cement your impressions.  In following weeks/months, repeat with different flights of real subjects and six classic wines.

* Continue until you feel comfortable with all theoretically possible notes in classic wines then extend to spirits, beers, etc.

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4 thoughts on “Tasting Exercise: Olfactory Acuity

  1. Isn’t it funny that something as enjoyable as drinking wine can be just a little bit of work, too? Especially if you want to get as much out of it as you can. I think that’s true of anything worth doing, though. I commend you on your commitment!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! It doesn’t feel like work when it involves popping a few bottles of wine… and it wouldn’t be as fun without learning a few things along the way!

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