Well I must be one of those 5%. I may not be able to identify which smoke flavor is which, but there is a huge difference in flavor between Hickory and Mesquite. Hickory has a much sharper bite than does mesquite. And apple is even milder, and a little sweet. Maple and birch are very similar in flavor. I haven't had the opportunity to try alder yet, but I know many Native Americans around here that swear it makes better smoke flavor than most any other wood around.
Herbs can also be used to smoke meats and veggies. Rosemary ads an almost pine/grass flavor to food. I haven't done a lot of experimenting with using herbs to create smoke. But I will.
But then, I can deconstruct flavors with my nose and mouth, and recreate recipes to duplicate foods I have enjoyed. So maybe I am different. But then again, maybe I have worked to develop a skill.
Seeeeeeya; Goodweed of the North
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