The trouble with green beans like me when I read the tasting notes, make my brew and then can’t detect any of those flavours described, I feel I have failed in some way.
Thinking about it, aren’t they down to an individual’s taste buds? I mean, I remember Jilly Goolden from BBC’s Food and Drink describing some wine and I’m sure she once said she could taste peardrops, liquoriche and rubber, for a wine she liked. Now excuse me, but if I could taste rubber in anything, I’d throw the chuffer down the drain. Plus it does leave one to wonder what she did in her spare time.
I’ll be honest, I have never had the real exact tasting flavours as described on the packs of beans. I get the occasional odd hint of something, but that’s it. Now I know that could be down to my prep, temperature of water, my lack of taste sensitivity, equpment used etc. When it says I should be tasting caramel or hazelnut, should it be as pronounced as sucking on a Werther’s or munching on a Topic (a hazelnut in every bite) or just a hint of those flavours?
Either way, I think because it really is subjective, I’ll not worry about the tasting notes and settle for a nice cup that is not too bitter or too sour and after taking a sip, makes me emit a long satisfying Ahhhhhhhh!