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published time By Sonali Velinker Kamat published time 03 Mar, 2016 Share image 0 Shares

Good taste has been described as “an indicator of belonging to ‘good society’, and the main criterion of entry into it.” Yet, unlike the complex subtleties of fine wine, good taste is harder to define.

Though no scientific analysis supports it, there’s a tacit understanding that an appreciation of certain foods indicates good taste. From dark chocolate to stinky cheese, these are acquired tastes that often spark debate amongst the uninitiated.

Where does your palate stack up versus connoisseurs and gourmet gurus? Do you have an appreciation for life’s finer things, when it comes to your taste buds? LIVEINSTYLE.COM explores the intangibilities of good taste to present this list of epicurean pleasures to test your taste...



With its origin dating back to the Middle Ages, Munster-Géromé cheese is strong tasting, soft textured and characterised by a particular pong. Like blue veined cheese, an appreciation of Munster-Géromé defines your taste — you will either love it or loathe it, while knowing it at all indicates an experienced palate. You may believe that ‘all men are created equal’ but all cheese is certainly not, and understanding this is a definitive indicator of good taste. When you feel the need to ban green bottles of factory-manufactured ‘100% Grated Parmesan Cheese’ in favour of original Parmigiano-Reggiano, you will be well on your way.


They’re not quite as polarising as cheese, yet olives also say a thing or two about good taste. If you eat them out of a can, you’ve only got as far as developing a familiarity. Now it is time to ascend the learning curve. From Kalamatas and Sevillanos to meaty Italian Castelvetranos, tasting a variety of olives is akin to undertaking a magnificent Mediterranean journey. We’re fans of pitted pimento-stuffed Manzanillas, but connoisseurs generally prefer olives with pits. If you’ve been eating sliced black olives off home-delivered pizza and are wondering what all the fuss is about, undertake this epicurean journey now!



You may think all chocolate is good chocolate, but there’s a colour issue at play here — let’s make no bones about it. The divisions of white, milk and dark are real and, in this delicious world, dark rules! We can prattle on about single-origin chocolate (which is clearly a subject of good taste too), but if you haven’t got that far, it may help to begin simply by going over to the dark side. Let bitter and sweet battle it out for your favour, while you savour Royce’ Ghana Bitter Nama Chocolate or settle in with a box of 54.5% Dark with Cacao Nibs by Chocolat Delicatessen. Chances are you’ll be mesmerised in no time.


It has been said that one can’t distinguish one whisky from another after a few drinks, but that’s as far from the truth as possible. A beautifully balanced spirit, matured in sherry and bourbon oak casks, to result in layers and layers of flavour, is as distinguishable as water from wine. A true connoisseur could never confuse single malt whisky with anything else — if you have already picked your preference, you are sure to agree. Take the case of The Singleton, where taste is paramount. Their signature single malt is smooth, rich and perfectly balanced, with notes of baked apples, ripe red berries and hints of spice, coupled with the gentle finish of marzipan. Even a description is enough to tempt your taste buds into submission. Better yet, every variant is a journey of good taste. We’d say it is never too late to undertake that taste trek — after all, good taste and good times are worth a toast!

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