Sommeliers match palates in ice cream taste-off
To look. To smell. To taste. These are finely honed tools required for tasting and judging fine wine. So when local sommeliers Caitlin Harrison of Mezze, Luc Chevalier of Blantyre and Dan Thomas of the Red Lion Inn convened for a blind tasting of five different brands of ice cream, they immediately applied their oenophile training. Edible Berkshires asked them to trade corkscrew for spoon to taste and rate the vanilla ice cream from five area brands, and then those same brands’ best sellers, regardless of flavor.
Five cups of ice cream were placed in front of each of them, devoid of labels and therefore devoid of preconceived notions. These judges would have only their keenly trained senses to trust to discern and rate the ice creams on flavor, creaminess and aftertaste.
It began, as wine tastings customarily do, with the whites—in … Read the rest