"I think our sense of taste is directly linked to our sense of smell."
She beat me to it.
Actually, it's been pretty well documented that the two are linked, and that taste is very much dependent of smell. I had a co-worker at a factory in the latter 90s that lost his sense of smell, and with that, his sense of taste. Afterwards, relied heavily on temperature and texture for food consumption, as he couldn't taste or smell any of it.