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Good Beer Hunting

Sep 24, 2023

Flavor is much more than what something tastes like. It’s aroma, mouthfeel, and flavors all mixed together to create a sensory experience that has the power to transport us through time and space. It’s unique to each person, yet universal in scope; shared on some level by every human who ever existed. 

In this episode, my guest is Mandy Naglich, a previous Good Beer Hunting contributor and author of “How To Taste: A Guide to Discovering Flavor and Savoring Life.” She’s an Advanced Cicerone, a Certified Taster—yes, that’s a real thing—and drinks educator who helps people dig into flavor to discover just how far our senses can go. Mandy says that anyone can be a capital-T “Taster”, explains what “supertasters” really are, and describes how familiarity with things like wine, beer, cider, or even sake can expand our notions of flavor through practice and group discussion. 

You’ll hear what drove her to dial into the world of flavor, when and why her book came to be, and the differences between craft beer, cider, and chocolate as they relate to existing guidelines and critical analysis. She won’t teach you how to taste like her—simply, how to taste like you. With her guidance, we can all appreciate our senses a little bit more. So let’s hear from her.