Does Temperature Affect Taste?

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Corto Waltese

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I'm a new pipe smoker (and smoker in general - I skipped cigarettes and cigars). Yesterday, I was smoking some Royal Yacht outside while it was 32F. While I know RY is an aromatic, and I'm not really supposed to taste anything...my experience with the tobacco was vastly different than what I'd read in the reviews. I'm willing to admit that I have an uncultured palette as far as tobacco goes - but I was wondering, does cold air temperature have any effect on the way pipe tobacco tastes or smells?

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kurtbob

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Well, Royal Yacht is kinda “special” anyway, one of those that’s so different to everybody. But to answer your question, in my humble opinion yes. I know for a fact humidity does affect flavor. If you hydrate for example Doblne D’ Oro, the flavor goes away. Can’t say if it’s the temp or humidity change that comes with the cold fronts this time of year
 

gamzultovah

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For me, temperature and humidity changes the experience. For instance, I cannot smoke English blends (Latakia) in the summertime here in Florida...but in the wintertime, Latakia taste appropriate. In the summertime, I gravitate towards Virginia blends and burley blends with aromatics mixed in.
 
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warren

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I think it has more to do with the cleaniness of the air. A clean, crisp day, a day that tastes like wine, makes my smoke more enjoyable. Big cities usually do not provide great bowls, in my opinion.
 

warren

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I blame the stink of the big cities, exhausts, body odors, human waste, etc. Heat, unless excessive say in the 100's, doesn't seem to bother my pipe smoking. Not a fan of high humidity though.
 
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anotherbob

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Everything effects the senses. Though outside temp also in my opinion effects the smoke too. I noticed certain pipes seem to do this more then others. The thinner the stem it seems the more temp effects taste. Could be in my head to though. Oh I only have noticed this in extreme temps, like I am freezing my butt off or if it's sweating off, and it's also a mild effect.
 
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mso489

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I don't think the ambient temperature, indoors or outdoors, affects the smoke that the ember is putting out, since the ember is burning well above that whether it's cold or hot. What changes for certain is your sensory equipment. In cold, your nose isn't going to register much smell, and if you are breathing in cold air, your tongue is not going to be as sensitive to flavor. Likewise, heat will change your senses of taste and smell too. When traveling, I've gone outside to smoke my pipe, where it may have been cold, hot, or humid. The experience can be pleasing up to a point, but the actual enjoyment of the tobacco is usually more muted.
 
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