A review of the Laithwaite’s Taste In The Dark Event
I stepped into the makeshift room and it was pitch dark. Gently I was led to a seat and hesitantly touched the table in front of me, hoping not to knock any wineglasses over. There were two filled glasses, which one was my favourite?
Very rarely do we find ourselves with any of our senses deprived and I have a new appreciation for having all of them intact. At that point in time, I felt lost, but my remaining senses heightened.
The most interesting part of the Laithwaite’s Taste In The Dark experience was when two types of music were played and how different the same wine tasted. It’s all subjective, of course. When the classical music played, the wine’s sweet and fruity tones were accentuated. In contrast, when unrecognisable, dire music was played the bitter, tongue-curling flavours came out.
This reminded me of Masaru Emoto’s work on water crystals. The conclusion is that different, among other things, music have effects on water crystals. Apparently, some wine producers play Mozart and other classical music to the wine in barrels.
Another theory is the effect that the music has on the human body. Taste is subjective though and different music affects people in various ways. If you are an opera aficionado and your favourite aria is playing, chances are your body has gone into a positive mode, it will most likely be receptive to sweet and pleasant flavours. In contrast, listen to something not quite up your alley, it will put you in a bad mood and the bitter taste of the wine can be detected. Fascinating stuff!
The same goes for touch. We stroked patches of velvet and sandpaper with the same respective results. As my fingers ran across the smooth surface the sweet and pleasant flavours rang through. Lo and behold, exfoliating my hand on sandpaper yielded an undesirable taste sensation in the mouth. More research is currently being conducted as to how and why these phenomena occur.
After the Taste In The Dark Event we went for a dawdle around the stalls of Laithwaite’s Vintage Festival, sampling a wide variety of wine as we went along. There are over 340 different wines available this year and funnily enough, half of the attendants are regular who visit year after year.
Whoops, caught in the act! Tickets start at £30.40 for a 3 hour session. For an extra £20 you can head upstairs to the Fine Wine Room for higher priced wines. See you there next time!
P.S. This post was created in collaboration with Laithwaite’s.