Someone brought up Le Nez du Vin as an example of a way to improve one's smell and therefore palate (mine is embarrassingly primitive and untrained). I didn't even know what it was, but once I looked it up (it's a wine smell-kit) I thought it could possibly save me much time by reducing, albeit not dramatically, how much I need to practice.
A long-distance runner here. So I'm in no way too lazy to practice or to "work hard" for my CMS Certified, but I'm wondering if anyone here has used a smell kit in your journey? How did you use it? What is the most efficient and instructive way to integrate it into the Certified and Advanced prep? Would a smell kit would be useful at all in improving one's smell and palate.
As is obvious, I'm new to this whole smell-taste thing, so any advice in this regard (in addition to working diligently at it) would be appreciated.
I too have used one, and found it helpful, but mine is also in storage. I don't particularly think it is worth the price tag. You could make a homemade kit with little mason jars... cinnamon, nutmeg, bell pepper, black pepper, anise, ect. for FAR cheaper. As Shanna above says, you'll have to update the items to keep them fresh, but you'd be smelling the true smells... not a chemical approximation. A Coravin is pretty great for blind tasting training, too. Have a friend pour you a couple whites and a couple reds as often as you can and just run the grid on them. Nothing is better than actual wine because you're dealing with sight, mouthfeel, ect. as well.
I agree with you, Garrin. Want to get good at swimming? Swim! Running? Run. Specificity matters most. How many different smells does your kit have? Is it still in a good shape?