Taste Test Experiment – My 28th Birthday Party

Blind Taste Test Birthday

As a theme for my 28th Birthday Party I decided to run a “Taste Test Experiment”. This was inspired by a Dateline NBC vodka taste test, ran about fifteen years ago with people in Manhattan. They had young bar-goers try Grey Goose Vodka and other low end brands. When vodka was served in a mixed drink they were absolutely unable to tell the difference. I always wondered if they could tell when it was given straight; so why not put my friends and family to the test, all in good fun and heck – in the name of science?!

My guests were welcomed to the party with a Taste Test Card that read “Congratulations You Are Now A Guinea Pig in Chandra’s 28th Birthday TASTE TEST EXPERIMENT.” There were nine items to on the list to taste test. It was organized as sample “A” on the left and sample “B” on the right.

Taste Test Experiment

Taste Test Experiment

Everything from store bought birthday cake to a homemade cake, pepsi vs. coke, high end champagne vs cook’s and liquor galore was included in the taste test.

The Results:

Question #1 – Can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke? Over 90% could tell the difference.

Blind Taste Test Patron Tequila

Blind Taste Test Patron Tequila

Question #2 – Can you tell the difference between $60 Patron Tequila and $9 Pancho Villa Tequila? Over 70% could identify Parton over Pancho.

Question #3 – Can you tell the difference between organic low-fat chips and regular chips of the same type? About 40% could not tell the difference.

Question #4 – Can you tell the difference between high end Shiraz and Two-buck Chuck Shiraz? Over 90% could identify the high end wine.

Question #5 – Can you tell the difference between Grey Goose Vodka and Potter’s Vodka? Only 70% could identify the Grey Goose Vodka.

Taste Testing at Chandra's Birthday

Taste Testing at Chandra's Birthday

Question #6 – Is high end chocolate really better? Can you tell the difference between moonstruck chocolate and dollar store chocolate? Over 90% could identify the Moonstruck Chocolate.

Question #7 – Can you tell the difference between $3.49 Cooke’s Champagne and Designer Champange that is $22.99 a bottle? 50% of the group could not tell the difference!

Question #8 – Which Jelly Belly Flavor is not Present: Kiwi, Pear, Watermelon or Green Apple.  Only 20% could tell which flavor was missing: Kiwi.

Question #9 – Can you tell the difference between store bought and homemade birthday cake? 90% could identify the homemade cake.

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