Taste

Taste

Savoring the Flavors

Savoring the flavors of the world is part of what taste is all about. Experiencing new sensations and combinations is what we do. Our love of travel has resulted in a passion for good whiskey, good food and memorable experiences. Join us at our vomFass Store at Pacific City, Huntington Beach, California, or order a tasting basket to enjoy these sensations at home. Whichever way you chose to enjoy our selections, we hope they are memorable and encourage you to wander back for more.

Savoring the flavors of the world is part of what taste is all about. Experiencing new sensations and combinations is what we do. Our love of travel has resulted in a passion for good whiskey, good food and memorable experiences. Join us at our vomFass Store at Pacific City, Huntington Beach, California, or order a tasting basket to enjoy these sensations at home. Whichever way you chose to enjoy our selections, we hope they are memorable and encourage you to wander back for more.

Spirits

Tasting spirits requires a few things to keep in mind. Unlike wine that begins with appearance and “nose” or smelling it, whiskey begins with taste. Taste first, smell last.

Step One, Take a Sip

Take a small sip as you would anything.  You will never experience this initial reaction again.  Note it.

Step Two, Take another sip and hold it

Hold it in your mouth a minimum of 10 seconds or as many seconds as the age of the spirit. Swallow just a little bit of that initial sip and hold the rest. Repeat every 10 seconds. You should enjoy about 3 – 5 experiences from your one sip due to saliva. This process acclimates your mouth to the alcohol.

Step Three, Taste it again

Taste it again.  This time you should be able to pick up more of the subtle flavors in the whiskey.  Oil, vanilla, smoke, spice, fruit, caramel, etc. Make note of what you like.

Step Four, Now smell it

Now smell it with your mouth slightly open.  Relax and enjoy the rest. Make note of what you liked and didn’t like and let our tasting experts help you with your next selection.

Wine

If you have visited the vast wine tasting rooms throughout California, Europe and beyond, you may have a basic understanding of wine tasting. Unlike tasting whiskey or spirits, wine tasting is done differently.

Step One, See

Hold your wine up to the light and look at the color and clarity. Hold the glass on a solid surface and swirl it around gently.  Do you see “legs” forming on the glass?  Take note of what you see.

Step Two, Smell

Put your nose into the glass and take it all in. Do you smell fruit? Flowers? Herbs? Nuts? Leather? Rich soil? Freshly mown grass? Whatever you smell, take note.

Step Three, Taste

Let your tongue explore the flavors. Grapes, by nature are sour so you will have some level of sour in your experience. Wine has a beginning, middle and an ending (finish) when tasting, make note of the whole process and how long it took.

Step Four, What did you think?

Was this a memorable wine? Did you like it? Was it to sour (acid) or sweet? Make note of what you liked and didn’t like and let our tasting experts help you with your next selection.

Oils

The origin of the oil, the source (olives, nuts or seeds) determines the characteristic, purpose and taste. When tasting Oils consider the following steps:

Step One, Pour

Pour a small amount of oil (about 3 drops) into a tasting spoon.

Step Two, Smell

Put the spoon to your nose and inhale deeply. Think about whether the aroma is mild or strong. Note what you smell.

Step Three, Slurp

Place a small amount of oil in your mouth and inhale some air at the same time. You should make a “slurping” sound. This emulsifies the oil and spreads the oil throughout your mouth, allowing to fully taste all of the flavors. Note the flavors you experience.

Step Four, Finish

Swallow the oil and notice the sensation in your throat. Note your experience. Make note of what you liked and didn’t like and let our tasting experts help you with your next selection.

Vinegars

Vinegars add a freshness and richness to both food and beverages. Wandering Still offers a variety of international vinegars at our Huntington Beach vomFass location.

Step One, Expect the unexpected

We provide a unique vinegar tasting experience. Unlike our spirits, wine or oils, where there is a prescribed process to taste, our vomFass vinegar tastings are a little different. One of our tasting experts will help pair a vinegar with an oil and provide you a spoonful to experience. The combination should linger on your tongue for a bit. Note the flavor combination, what you liked and didn’t like and let our tasting experts help you with your next selection.

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