Here’s why Guinness tastes better in Ireland than anywhere else on earth

March 8th, 2011 - 4:40 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Mar 8 (ANI): Scientists, who conducted tests to find out the effects Guinness has on people’s taste buds, have found that the drink tastes better when drunk in Ireland.

Experts from the Institute of Food Technologists carried out extensive taste surveys in 33 cities in 14 countries to find the best place for a pint of the black stuff.

And the majority of testers said they enjoyed a pint of plain in Ireland far more than in any other location.

The study, which claims to be the first to scientifically prove that the stout doesn’t travel well, used “non-expert” tasters, each from different countries, to conduct the test.

It took 103 in 71 different pubs where factors such as pub ambience, Guinness appearance, flavour, and aftertaste were all considered.

Using a Visual Analogue Scale, which ranks enjoyment from 1-100, Guinness drinking in Ireland averaged a score of 74, compared to just 57 anywhere else.

Pete Brown is a celebrated beer author who toured the world searching out the local tipple for his book ‘Three Sheets to the Wind’.

He said a Guinness in Ireland marks the end of a pilgrimage for beer lovers, and it is no surprise they enjoy it more there than anywhere else.

“Drinking Guinness in Ireland is always going to be more enjoyable than in London or Paris, or anywhere else,” the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

“There is a feeling of authenticity that you associate with drinking a beer in it’s true home, so the ambience you feel in an Irish pub would be like no other.

“People will go to Dublin with the intention of ordering a pint of the black stuff, so you’re already gearing yourself up for that satisfaction before it’s passed your lips.

“It marks the end of a pilgrimage for real Guinness lovers for sure,” he stated.

Although, he says, the sensation of having a “proper” Guinness will heighten the drinker’s enjoyment, he said there are also practical reasons the local drink will always taste better.

“In Irish pubs you can order a Guinness knowing that the tap has been flowing all day, so you’ll never get a pint which has been sat in the pipes for an hour. Whereas in London, it could have been there all day,” he said.

“The locals also tend to know their own beer inside out, so you’ll get it at the right temperature, in the right glass and with the right head. That’s really important,” he added. (ANI)

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