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It is Tuesday today, not Sunday, but I woke up tasting an unusual flavour, so decided to ‘think aloud’ on a different day. When I stirred this morning, I felt sure that I could taste candy floss (cotton candy) in my mouth, and it tasted far too sweet. Unusual smells and tastes can be a sign of worrying medical problems, I know, but I am happy to tell you I am sure that all is well.
That flavour soon left my mouth, and my imagination too. It is a very long time since I ever ate candy floss, so I can only think it was some kind of residual from a dream about my childhood. But it got me thinking about how tastes change, and some flavours remain as favourites, with others falling out of favour over time.
I have always enjoyed the taste of salt. I like it on crisps, (chips) chips, (french fries) and eggs. Sometimes, I can actually feel a salt craving, and a real desire to taste some. In modern times, salt has been decreed to be bad for you, and is said to lead to hypertension. Salt alternatives have become available, but like many such things, carry their own dangers too. So I stick with salt; nice natural sea salt in chunky crystals, ground at the time of application.
One of my all-time favourite flavours is Aniseed. I used to like aniseed-flavoured sweets as a child, then I graduated to aniseed-based drinks, like Ouzo, Pernod, Pastis, and Absinthe. Something about the freshness and hint of sweetness has always appealed to me. And I like the way those drinks turn cloudy, if you add a little water to them. Since I gave up smoking, I have also used aniseed flavour liquids in my vaping device, so you could say I am pretty much hooked on that taste.
As I got older, I lost my taste for very sweet things. However, I still cannot get used to drinking unsweetened tea or coffee, so use either artificial sweetener or sugar in both of those drinks. Some sweet things are still desirable to me, especially doughnuts, (donuts) which I have to avoid at all costs, or would eat far too many. And very occasionally, the craving to taste something sweet might lead me to eat something like a shortbread biscuit. (Cookie)
A sign of changing taste in maturity came when I started to like the flavours of various cheeses that I couldn’t stand as a teenager. Brie, Camembert, goat cheese, and others started to taste great sometime around my late 30s, and I still enjoy them now. I never got on with blue cheese though, which I still don’t care for. Cheese-flavoured snacks are always my first choice, when offered, and grilled cheese sandwiches are considered a real treat too. I suspect that is also because cheese delivers my salty taste preference at the same time as its cheesy goodness.
Cucumber is something I also like. It is considered to be tasteless by some people, but I don’t agree. I think it has a distinctive taste and smell, and it speaks of freshness, to my palate. Whilst on the subject, it is worth considering things that seem to have ‘lost’ their taste or flavour too. Tomatoes now taste bland to me, with very little tomato flavour. Strawberries too seem to have lost much of their juiciness, and easily identifiable aroma, and bananas have suffered the same fate, at least in my mouth. Strong-brewed coffee now seems to taste burnt, and too powerful. Even my favourite drink, red wine, can often taste too sweet these days, depending on the grape variety.
Let me know what flavours and tastes you like best. Or if you agree that some things have changed, or your own tastes have altered in later life, as mine have done.