Are You a Supertaster?
One sniff. One taste. That’s all it takes. If you can tell your bittersweet from semisweet—then you, lucky one, may be a supertaster.
About 25 percent of us taste the world in technicolor, according to scientists, who define supertasters as people with more taste buds on their tongues than average ho-hum tasters. To supertasters, the world is a fiesta of flavor, where the good—like an earthy sip of fresh miso soup—tastes like heaven and the bad—like milk on the edge of souring—is purgatory.
To find out if you’re a supertaster, take the supertaster test. This consists of a piece of paper coated with a chemical called propylthiouracil. Place the slip on your tongue; if it’s plain or a bit bitter, you’re average. But if it’s revolting, you may be a supertaster, able to spill out culinary poetry when you dine and perhaps land a dream job in your future that pays you to eat, drink—and write a tuttifoodie feature.
But life for supertasters isn’t all sugar and spice. They may complain bitterly about arugula, condemn Tuscan olive oils, and toss a young Cab. That’s because all tastes, from bright to bitter, are heightened. Want to know how you rank? Go ahead: take the test. We’ll send a free test to the first 20 tuttifoodists to send us an email with taste it in the subject line.