This blog post is a bit of a tangent, but I believe that tasting notes may apply to anything, not just alcohol, and the experience was one worth sharing!
A while back when I was at Ian’s house for a visit, he offered me a bag of breakfast cereal, admitting that it did not taste very good, but knowing that I will eat just about anything if it is free. After examining the bag, I took it home. I did have reservations already (considering the product was gluten free and vegan) so I knew straight away that it would lack the classic taste of some other breakfast cereals (e.g. cream of wheat). Still, I thought that perhaps Ian had been wrong and this could taste good; after all, sometimes quinoa is good.
When the morning came that I finally cooked up a batch of this food, I was immediately met by the smell of composting vegetables as I opened the package. While this may seem as though it had simply gone bad, I am pretty sure that it hadn’t, being not very old, nor mouldy or off coloured in any way; it was also dry like all uncooked cereals. The ingredients themselves were simple, yet they created such earthy smells: organic amaranth flakes, organic red and/or white quinoa flakes, organic buckwheat porridge, chia. After cooking it with milk, I sat down to try and eat this thing. Here are my tasting notes.
Nose: pre cook, like a bucket of vegetable compost. Post cook, steamed spinach. That’s an improvement I think, a more concentrated veggie smell?
Palate: spinach, broccoli. Some parts slimy, some parts crunchy like wet sand.
Finish: Not great, but glad it’s out of my mouth. Lingering taste of dirty water.
Rating: 1/5 Bad
After struggling to swallow a couple of spoonfuls, and also confident that this had not gone bad, but was simply a terrible tasting breakfast idea, I proceeded to load up my bowl with Lyle’s Golden Syrup to save the day, or at least to make it ingestible…