I just came up with this sentence: A little bit of shrimp paste will add zing/zest to your ordinary burger and pizza. Its distinctive flavor and sharp odor will tickle even the dullest palate. <Deletion> I'm interested in the reasons behind the objection to the idea of odour tickling one's palate. Is that because "odour" sounds a bit negative to you? (Google returns a few pictures of people pinching their noses on the first page for "odour" ) Would the more positive alternative "fragrance" be good enough to tickle your palate?