As the 500-year-old bell tower tolls, about 25 students from the University of Oxford cross a medieval cobblestone street. They duck under a stone archway and slip into a room named after T.S. Eliot, who studied here a century ago.
The students drop their backpacks and get ready for practice. They’re here to hone their tongues. This week, an elite team of Oxford’s six best tasters will battle theUniversity of Cambridge to see which group has the most refined palate.
The Oxford-Cambridge rivalry dates back to the 13th century. Now, these tasting teams are hoping to be recognized as an official sport.