Does Bad Mood Equal Bad Tea?

My White Gibson Teacup

Yesterday, I decided to open a sample pack of Grand Imperial Yunnan I had purchased from the America Tea Room and ended up having a wonderful tasting experience. The flavors were rich and complex with hints of dark chocolate and black pepper. Yum!

I was looking forward to re-living that experience today, but alas my cup only gave me an apparition of the taste I had experienced 24 hours ago.

Not to long ago, I happened to have watched a video where Gary Vaynerchuk commented on how the flavor of wine can change based on one’s mood, which got me thinking: If mood can affect the taste of wine, why not tea?

Looking back on my day and comparing it to the day before, I realized that I was feeling a bit more rushed and on edge today. I also didn’t take time to savor the flavor of each sip. I drank my tea somewhat mindlessly because my thoughts were elsewhere.

I do think there is something to mood affecting flavor. I’ll have to investigate further.

For now, I’ll give the Grand Imperial Yunnan another try and focus on taking a few minutes to relax and enjoy all the nuances of taste my teacup provides.

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This is “a girl with tea” signing off once again.

Remember to live, laugh, love and drink plenty of tea.

What are your thoughts about mood affecting the taste of tea?

5 comments on “Does Bad Mood Equal Bad Tea?

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  2. Alex Zorach January 20, 2011 8:57 AM

    I’ve definitely noticed that my mood can influence my perception of taste. There are certain teas, and certain foods, however, which taste good to me all the time. Perhaps that’s the concept of comfort food! For me a major comfort food is Pho. With teas, it changes based on what’s in my cupboard, but I find that pan-fired Chinese green teas, and kukicha, are my favorite options in that realm.

    • a girl with tea January 21, 2011 12:55 PM

      I love comfort food! Makes total sense that we like certain foods because they always taste good, no matter what our mood is. I’ve never hear of Pho, so I looked it up. Noodle soup, yum! I can see why this is one of your favorite comfort foods.

  3. Jeanine Byers Hoag January 19, 2011 2:53 PM

    I think mood does affect how much I enjoy my tea. Maybe it affects the taste as well. But I often think of a cup of tea as comfort, so even when I am in a bad mood, it helps!

    Jeanine

    • a girl with tea January 21, 2011 12:45 PM

      Good point, Jeanine. And I so agree!

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