Did you know that there is no single “taste center” in it? Considering all the various pieces of sensory hardware that are used for tasting, it’s really no surprise. MRI’s administered to test subjects made to slurp different-tasting syrups through tubes have shown that flavor sensations are processed in at least four different parts of the brain, parts that are distributed in both hemispheres. This is almost certainly why people who sustain various kinds of brain injuries often report different effects – many of them strange and contradictory – on their taste buds. It’s probably also why, since tastes are perceived by the brain as a kind of global “impression” versus a specific sort of data, tastes can be so hard to put into words.