Why Do I Spit the Sodas That I Taste? (Soda Tasting #14)
When I’m doing a tasting on Soda Tasting, I spit out most of the soda that I taste. Since I’ve been asked why a couple of times already, I decided that it would be best to release a Q&A video explaining why, that I can refer back to when people ask in the future.
Mainly, it comes down to two things:
1. Putting myself in the right state to properly taste and consider the soda. Though it is just soda, there are companies and individuals who spend a lot of time and put a lot of effort into developing these products. The minimal amount of respect that I can show them is to thoughtfully consider what they created.
Obviously, the name Soda Tasting invokes wine tasting. While I am not going to be as technical as many wine tasters, I do appreciate that approach and try to apply some of the concepts to this show. One of which is the spitting.
With wine, you have alcohol. So, if you swallow every wine you taste, you can become inebriated. Let’s say you taste 9 wines. You will likely be more perceptive on the first 3 than the last 9 because, by the time you’ve swallowed 6 types of wine, your senses will be a little more dulled.
Soda doesn’t have the alcohol problem, but what can happen is a full feeling. I sometimes will take 3, 6, 9 or however mainly shows at once. If I swallow it all, by the time I get to the last three, I’ll be fuller and will not be wanting to drink soda as much as at the start. So, I won’t be giving those final sodas my full attention. That’s what I want to avoid.
2. Soda isn’t healthy for you. I am not under any delusion about that. But, I do believe that soda can be a part of a healthy lifestyle. At the end of every episode, I say “everything in moderation.” I truly believe that.
While I do drink soda on most days, I am aware of what I am drinking. I don’t just sit down and drink 5 liters. I drink the sodas that I really like and enjoy them. I don’t eat red meat. I rarely eat fried food. I don’t drink alcohol. I don’t drink coffee. I exercise daily. I drink a lot of water. Drinking soda or not drinking soda is not the key to health. Balance is.
When I actually consume soda, I want it to be a variety that I have had before and that I love. I don’t want it to just be any soda or to be the soda that I am tasting for the show. If I swallow everything I tasted, then I wouldn’t be able to drink as much of the stuff that I choose to drink off camera.
I hope that explains why I spit. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to ask me in the comments. I might do Q&A videos regularly if there is interest and enough questions.
Thank you for watching.