What do tannins taste like?
Actually, they’re more of a sensation than a flavour. If you sip a wine and feel a drying sensation inside of your mouth, that indicates the presence of tannins. While, due to their vinification methods, most white and rosé wines are low in tannins, reds can vary. A young Bordeaux aged in new oak, for example, will have a lot of tannins, while a fruity, fresh, unaged Beaujolais Nouveau will have very little.
Tannins can also have different qualities. Some might be quite silky or elegant, pleasant to drink even in abundance. Others, even when sparing, might feel harsh or rough – what critics sometimes call ‘green’.