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Smell versus taste

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fruitloop Wed 02-Jan-19 16:24:31

Chatting about this earlier with a friend and wondering how it can be that you can love the smell of something and not the taste. For example I love the smell of freshly brewed coffee but I don't like the taste of coffee as a drink or a flavouring. I wondered whether other people had things that they were like this about

ginny Wed 02-Jan-19 16:50:18

I love the smell of marmite but not the taste and the smell of gin but couldn’t drink it.

Marydoll Wed 02-Jan-19 17:02:57

I too love the smell of coffee brewing, but loathe the taste. 😣

fruitloop Wed 02-Jan-19 17:02:58

I like the taste of both of those things. The smell too!

fruitloop Wed 02-Jan-19 17:03:24

Marydoll I am so pleased it's not just me grin

LullyDully Wed 02-Jan-19 18:12:03

Fish and chips from a chip shop smell nicer than they taste imo.

NannyJan53 Wed 02-Jan-19 18:14:57

I love the smell of strawberries, but not the taste...too tart for me.

kittylester Wed 02-Jan-19 18:19:51

I love the smell of coffee, too, but hate the taste I don't think there is anything I hate the smell of that I could eat. Why doesn't the opposite happen?

Fennel Wed 02-Jan-19 18:25:14

I think smells are very evocative. They bring back memories forgotten long ago.
Whereas taste is more confined to the present.
Hearing is more like smelling, recalling the past.

dragonfly46 Wed 02-Jan-19 18:34:11

My daughter loves the smell of cooked cheese but cannot abide to eat cheese or even handle it.

Buffybee Wed 02-Jan-19 19:35:55

The smell of Lamb cooking makes me feel sick and I can't eat it warm.
But I love cold lamb sandwiches!

sodapop Wed 02-Jan-19 19:41:18

I love cheese on pizza etc but don't like cold cheese. Strange isn't it.

MissAdventure Wed 02-Jan-19 19:55:53

I can't eat fish because it just smells too fishy.
My stomach starts getting ready to rebel against it before I've even taken a mouthful.

bikergran Wed 02-Jan-19 19:59:03

Bacon butties always smell better than they taste.

Willow500 Wed 02-Jan-19 20:10:17

I lost my sense of smell 7 years ago so therefore my taste - coffee is one thing which has gradually come back and thankfully I still like the taste although it has to be strong. I miss all smells and especially those that evoke memories sad

MissAdventure Wed 02-Jan-19 20:35:50

I know someone who lost their sense of smell suddenly, and it really depressed them.
It seems its something we don't appreciate until its gone. (Typical humans, I suppose)