What Does a Woman Taste Like?
November 18, 2013 11:10 PM   Subscribe

However bizarre my inquisition, for those men and women who have 'been down,' and eaten the proverbial flower, what have your experiences been like? What does it taste like? Men taste like skin and smell a bit earthy.. and sometimes taste incredibly salty which is slightly unpleasant but not off-putting in the moment lol. So what do we taste like?
posted by OneHermit to Human Relations (18 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

Have you seen this old thread?
posted by needs more cowbell at 11:14 PM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

Yep the last time this came up the answer I agreed with was 'like a 9-volt battery' but usually without the shock.
posted by carsonb at 11:25 PM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

I hate to be crass but allow me to get Inga Muscio and say: if you have the apparatus, you have everything you need to find the empirical answer to this question.
posted by moonlight on vermont at 11:36 PM on November 18, 2013 [52 favorites]

From my experience it was either:
a) Salty
b) No taste in particular
c) Smelled so horrible I didn't notice the taste
posted by Autumn at 11:43 PM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]


Basically, like licking an armpit. But, in a good way.
posted by mikeand1 at 11:48 PM on November 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: "I hate to be crass but allow me to get Inga Muscio and say: if you have the apparatus, you have everything you need to find the empirical answer to this question."

haha, yes, but it's not the same. Being down there and experiencing the texture, scent, etc. is all part of it. When I've tasted a finger, it doesn't taste like much to me. Can't really get a feel for it.
posted by OneHermit at 11:49 PM on November 18, 2013

Individually the flavor depends somewhat on diet and hygene. But a vagina tastes like a penny mostly. A bit tangy and metallic.

In the conversations and experiences I've had with women [and I really really really don't want to represent conversations and experiences other than my own here] cunnilingus is more intimate, or perhaps requires more trust, than PiV sex.

Individuals of course vary.
posted by vapidave at 11:50 PM on November 18, 2013

Tangy like bleu cheese. Slippery like okra. Musky like bourbon. Fun like an arcade.
posted by 0 at 3:47 AM on November 19, 2013 [7 favorites]

Best answer: This varies so much from lady to lady.

One was very citrusy, and strongly reminded me of the first bite of phad thai with a lot of lime squeezed over it. The exact edge of the citrus, refreshing and a bit surprising but not too sour. the warmth, the oily quality.

Another strongly reminded me of a very hoppy IPA. The smell, and even slightly the taste. I remember thinking afterwards exactly which ale it reminded me of, of which there might have even been an empty bottle on the dresser next to my bed. She had a lot less "body" and depth to the flavor. Didn't hang around as much, and just generally had a completely different quality. If i was doing some sort of blind taste test it wouldn't have been my first thought that these were even the same thing. Similar, possibly, but it would have surprised me that they were variations within the same spectrum for the taste of the same thing.

There was also a friend who was a lot more musky like mikeand1 described. Very "earthy" as you said, much more "oh, yep, sweaty body part" without as much of a unique twist to it. Just in the lack of that citrus/hops quality this was also quite unique. And just the strong earthy/muskiness.

And there were also two others i can think of that the 9v battery, slightly citrusy and metallic thing perfectly described. Maybe with a hint of the slight just, human sweat smell.

I also remember as a young lad, one of the first times i tasted it commenting on how little of a variation there was in the taste from erm, man fluids. I guess we're all humans and whatnot, but it surprised me. The actual juices as you said in your follow up post just don't have that much of a taste to them, that's the salty part. The smell, as with most other things you'd be tasting, is a huge component of the taste as that's how your brain interprets taste a lot of the time anyways. The taste when your face is right there vs when you're just doing an oil check are quite different.

I would also absolutely shy away from any sort of "most people area about like this, and a lot of the rest are just that + other slight variations" sort of thing. There's too much variation for that. Everyone seems to be pretty damn unique in this regard.
posted by emptythought at 4:32 AM on November 19, 2013 [3 favorites]

Best answer: Oh, i missed an important paragraph there.

It varies a LOT depending on where the lady is in her cycle as well. And i'm not making any kind of "red wings" comment here. Each person has their own baseline, but different elements of it will wax and wane depending on where they are in that. With some people it's a fairly surprising difference. Some not much at all. No lady seems to be quite the same every day though.

Whereas yea, with guys, pretty much the same all the time assuming proper hygiene and whatnot. Makes sense though, with the varying levels of cervical fluids and hormones and whatnot flying around down there.
posted by emptythought at 4:38 AM on November 19, 2013 [2 favorites]

Different women I've been with tasted different.

The tangy 9v battery thing gets close.

I once described one partner's "taste" as Italian food if made by a Mexican chef.
posted by kuanes at 5:43 AM on November 19, 2013

Peachy salad-dressing would be the best I could come up with. Tangy, and just a little sweet. The texture is very velvety and soft between the inner labia and generally y'know, skin like, on the outer labia.

I have gone down on ladies, but I have never licked a 9V battery so I can't confirm that one.
posted by sonika at 6:00 AM on November 19, 2013

Tastes like licking a penny, or if their closer to their period, a nickle.
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:04 AM on November 19, 2013

Mod note: OP, please refrain from posting follow-up questions. You can ask a new question next week. Contact us if you have any questions.
posted by goodnewsfortheinsane (staff) at 6:53 AM on November 19, 2013

OneHermit: "
haha, yes, but it's not the same. Being down there and experiencing the texture, scent, etc. is all part of it. When I've tasted a finger, it doesn't taste like much to me. Can't really get a feel for it.

You might be like an ex-girlfriend of mine, who tasted like... slightly thick water. No real taste or smell.

Most other women, even freshly showered, taste moderately of the blood plasma that makes up most of the liquid content (which is the metallic taste that people describe as being like a 9-volt battery), with a gentle layer of musk atop that that is part armpit (the mons pubis has sebaceous glands like the armpit and feet) and part its own - more fishy (subjectively, in a good way!) than the mushroomy edge people use to describe male genital smells.
posted by IAmBroom at 10:58 AM on November 19, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I have said elsewhere that a woman tastes, to me, like the inside of a warm, fresh-picked tomato, while standing in a garden on a warm August evening.

In other words, pretty good.
posted by Danf at 11:17 AM on November 19, 2013 [2 favorites]

Best answer: If you'd like to approximate the experience of going down on a woman, without actually going down on a woman, my recommendation is:

1. Go to the store and buy a hachiya persimmon. This is the acorn shaped kind, not the tomato-shaped fuyu variety. If you are in the US you are in luck as they are in the groceries right now. I bought two earlier today, and as it happens, every time I buy a persimmon I think of the following.

2. Take it home and wait til it's ripe. I mean, WAIT until it is RIPE. This is important. Ripe is soft and jelly-like all over, under the skin. When you think it has gotten to that stage give it maybe another day. If you proceed when it's underripe it will not only taste tongue-curlingly astringent (which no pussy I have ever eaten has ever been) and it will also not, um, impart the other sensory experience you're looking for.

3. When it's RIPE, take a big bite, just like you're biting into an apple. It'll be ripe so it will be jelly like and sweet with nice mild persimmon flavor, which, win!

4. Now, in the same spot where you took the first bite, go in for a second...but this time, like it's your ladyfriend. Sweet, slick, soft; the pliable flesh of the fruit caressing either side of your mouth; maybe even one of the nubbins of seed to give you a sense of a clit amidst the sensory delight of the opening.

Granted the taste is probably not an accurate rendering of the real deal, but if you're curious about the rest of the experience this can help you out. Yummy in many different ways. Enjoy.
posted by Lola Xaviera Boom-Boom McPuppet at 11:51 AM on November 19, 2013 [4 favorites]

I think the most distinct flavor I can remember was slightly garlicky. For the rest, pretty much as has already been mentioned.
posted by HFSH at 1:41 PM on November 19, 2013

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