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What is the difference between taste and flavour?

We often use taste and flavour interchangeably, but in reality, these really have two different meanings. When we talk about taste, we are talking about the sensation that we feel in our mouth and throat upon contact with food.

The taste buds on our tongue are responsible for different taste profiles; some of the basic tastes are sour, sweet, bitter, salty, and Umami. Flavour, on the other hand, is a combination of taste, texture, and aroma. According to a report by Dr Susan Schiffman in Chicago Tribune, “As much as 80% of what we call ‘taste’ actually is aroma”. What one can see, what one can feel, what one can smell—all of these senses come together and take the experience of food to another level.

The difference between taste and flavour can be better understood with an example. Think of listening to a violin performance, it will sound really nice, but it’s just a plain violin by itself. Then think of listening to the same piece of music with the violin, but all the other instruments in the orchestra come in. The music will sound so much richer and deeper with the accompanying harmonies. Try to think of taste as listening to the violin solo and flavour as listening to the violin with other instruments as well.

It’s safe to say that food is judged not only by its taste alone but by its flavour as well. Food with a good flavour is appreciated more than better-tasting food. As a matter of fact, the first perception regarding any food product comes from its esthetic and aroma followed by its taste.

Developing flavour, is like learning to play the violin: What are the techniques, how do we know when it’s right? Because one can play the violin, but if they don’t know what it’s supposed to sound like, they have no idea whether it’s right.

To translate these concepts into the kitchen, scientists at IFF, need to take fairly aggressive measures to, first, develop flavours, and second, build these flavours into flavour systems. IFF’s, #1 leading flavour manufacturers in India, are continually developing unique flavour creations that can provide one’s tastebuds with the best experience possible.

And, at last, remember not to say that the food has a nice taste but a nice flavour.
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