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Old 03 February 2008, 11:22 PM
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Icon23 Do you taste cinnamon?

Comment: My husband and I have a debate we hoped you could settle. He
says that you do no actually taste cinnamon, that you actually smell it
and your brain registers it as a tatste. I believe that you can actually
taste cinnamon without smelling it. Which is correct?
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Old 03 February 2008, 11:28 PM
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I don't know if his makes sense, but I have really bad sinuses so sometimes I can barely smell the food or drinks I consume, but I know I can taste cinnamon in tea or oatmeal. If you pinched your nose, sprinkled some on your tounge, then released your nose wouldn't you know.
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Old 03 February 2008, 11:35 PM
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If you block your sense of smell, you 'taste' very little, just the basics (salt, sour, sweet etc). So it stands to reason that without smell, herbs and spices are reduced to very dull sensations, warmth, salt, but you'd never get the aromatic, which is the large part of cuisine...
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Old 03 February 2008, 11:42 PM
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I can taste it.

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Old 03 February 2008, 11:53 PM
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I can taste it.

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No you can't. 'Cinnamon' is not one of your tongues senses of taste, therefore you are still relying on a sense of smell, to some degree.
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Old 03 February 2008, 11:55 PM
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I smell cinnamon, but it tastes like burned something or other--powder of some sort. The taste isn't unpleasant at all, but it definitely doesn't taste to me like it smells.
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Old 04 February 2008, 09:55 AM
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There are four tastes, sweet, salt, bitter and sour (some claim there's a fifth one, umami, as well), that have receptors on our tongues. Everything else we perceive when we eat or drink something are smells that reach the nose cavity the back way. In a way the OP was correct but to single out cinnamon this way is just ridiculous.
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Old 04 February 2008, 11:43 AM
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Timing! Yesterday, I saw a documentary (I think it was BBC) called The Human Senses, where they discussed the sibling senses of taste and smell.

They even did an experiment, that should be easy enough to reproduce with an unsuspecting victim. A test person held his nose shut and closed his eyes. They put some cinnamon on his tongue, and asked him what it was. He couldn't say, just that it burned slightly on the tongue. The he was told to let go of his nose, and he immediately recognized the cinnamon.

So, sure, smell makes a difference.

Try it out yourself!
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Old 04 February 2008, 10:54 PM
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I remember an experiment we did in primary school with blindfolds and blocked noses. We could not tell the difference between apple and raw onion just by taste.

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Old 05 February 2008, 04:22 AM
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No you can't. 'Cinnamon' is not one of your tongues senses of taste, therefore you are still relying on a sense of smell, to some degree.
Yes, I can.

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I smell cinnamon, but it tastes like burned something or other--powder of some sort. The taste isn't unpleasant at all, but it definitely doesn't taste to me like it smells.
That's what I was thinking, but I didn't have the time to type is all down!

I can taste it, but it doesn't taste how it smells, at all!
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Old 05 February 2008, 09:28 AM
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I can taste it, but it doesn't taste how it smells, at all!
Yeah OK I don't think that was what the OP was getting at but fair enough, you can recognise that here is something on your tongue, but in a blind test with a dozen other similar tree barks you would never know which was which, without your sense of smell.
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