Scran season 5: Exploring how sound affects taste with 'Unusual Ingredients'

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 15th Apr 2022
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

On this episode of Scran, Rosalind meets the fascinating trio of Unusual Ingredients; Jacob Thompson-Bell, Adam Martin and Caroline Hobkinson.

They recently visited Glasgow as part of the Sonica 2022 festival where they led an immersive experience performance where audience members ate their way through the show all the while being played different music and sound effects.

The aim of which is to show just how much what we hear can influence our taste and experience.

Rosalind also visits the award-winning speakeasy Absent Ear to learn more about their singular approach to cocktail making which has seen them heralded amongst the top 50 best cocktail bars in the UK..

Feel free to join in with the experiments on the podcast, make yourself a coffee or get some chocolate to try it out with us. You'll find more information about 'Unusual Ingredients' and how to join in here.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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