Notice how your drink tastes better in a glass than out of the bottle or straight from the can? Do you think your mind is playing tricks on you? Think again. Research has repeatedly found that the shape and composition of your drinking vessel determines how the drink tastes to you. So the material and the form of your glass really does make a difference, and it’s something you might want to start paying attention to if you want to enjoy your beverages even more. If, however, you believe the color of your glass if affecting the taste of your drink – you’re simply being superstitious. For all else, it’s physics.
When you order a drink at a restaurant, you will often be served a glass next to the bottle or can that it arrives in. Many people ignore these glasses and instead drink straight out of the container in order to save time or because they enjoy it. However, research shows that this might actually be a mistake, and that pouring your drink into that glass will actually make your experience more enjoyable for your palate.
According to gastrophysics, even the flavor of the drink served to you can taste different when served in different cuts of glasses. This is due to a variety of factors that include the surface area of the drink that comes in contact with the air, the aromas, and the way that the glass lets the drink hit your mouth.
Take for instance, a wide-rimmed glass. A wide rim glass allows you to chug a carbonated beverage down before it goes stale or flat due to speedy aeration. The shape and size of the glass you happen to be drinking from not only regulates your drinking speed but also has a bearing on the appearance and smell of your drink.
When you drink wine out of a tumbler where the sides bow inwards towards the rim, the aroma of the drink hovers around the rim of the glass. If you choose to take a whiff off the center of the glass, the distinct smell of your drink will waft up to you.
The rim of your glass also affects your bodily posture while you are drinking. You throw your head back to drink from a narrow rimmed glass. When it comes to a wide-rimmed glass, you bend your face to the glass. The speed at which the liquid hits your tongue and the position where it hits depends largely on the glassware you’re drinking from as well. The different taste receptors are spread out in different areas of our tongue. How a drink tastes when it comes in contact with the sides of your tongue is not the same as how it tastes when it hits the back of the same tongue.
The way that the glass is constructed can make a big difference in the way that the liquid hits your mouth, and so the tastes can vary. The next time you’re planning on pouring yourself a drink – choose the glass wisely. It can really make all the difference.