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December 19, 2007

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Mattox Beckman

Interesting distinction. One of the things that makes wine tasting so difficult is exactly that. I can enjoy the wine well enough, "witnessing" it; but to describe it so that another person can anticipate what it would taste like is a skill that takes much effort to develop.

Steve

Mattox,

Great example.

Come to think of it, I found a reverse example yesterday. About 6 months ago I bought a bottle of black truffle oil. I haven't been using it because it was expensive. About a month ago I thought that was silly and I started using it. But it just tasted like olive oil to me. Then about two days ago I suddenly smelled and tasted something that I hadn't before. It was the truffle!

So I had the language - to me it was truffle oil but I didn't have the experience.

-Steve

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