Somerfield has insured its senior wine buyer’s sense of taste and smell for £10m.

Angela Mount - who has worked for Somerfield for 11 years - underwent a rigorous medical examination and a “scratch and sniff” test to confirm she could distinguish cinnamon, cloves, leather and caramel.

Wine sales account for 10% of Somerfield’s turnover and have risen 16.5% annually compared to a national increase of 5.5%, according to The Independent.

Mount told the paper: “I’ve tasted wines when I’ve had colds and sore throats before without any problem because it actually doesn’t affect the palate too much.

“But it’s also about the nose as well, because the aroma is what hits people first.”