Think & Write #101

Blind Taste Test

My friend put me up to this.  He said that in a blind taste test, I would pick Pepsi over Coke.

To challenge this, I accepted his terms.  What does he know about my taste buds?  I know how both colas taste.  And from past experience, I prefer Coke over Pepsi.

Over the years, I have always been a Coke person.  Being raised in Atlanta, this has always been the case.  I love the sweet and refreshing drink that is Coca Cola.  Even now in New York, I still like Coke.

“Joey!” My friend called out to me.  “What are you waiting for?  Let’s start this test!”

And so the test began.  My friend Mike asked me to leave the room.  He poured a can of each cola into two plastic cups.  One was labeled Soda A.  The other was labeled Soda B.  When I was called in, I was blindfolded by Mike.  He then led me to a chair and I sat down.

The tasting then began.

I tried Soda A.  It had a sweet syrupy taste.  It was the taste I know and love.  The taste I remembered.

After that, I was given Soda B.  It had a bold taste.  It was syrupy, but it felt like it was more carbonated.

Then came the time for the vote.  I picked Soda A.

Mike then revealed the two sodas.  “Soda A was Coke and Soda B was Pepsi,” he told me.  “Impossible.  How could you have known the difference?”

At that, I smiled.  “It’s because I know what Coke tastes like,” I told him.

And you don’t need a blindfold to tell you that.  Your eyes can’t tell you whether it’s Coke or Pepsi.  This is not a sight test, so all you need is your tastebuds.

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©2012  K. L. Walker

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