Bad Tasting Tea

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?

No More “Fishy” Tea Please

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Today, I tried puerh for the first time. It’s an experience I won’t soon forget!

A New Tea Experience

I decided to start the day with a new tea, something I had never tried before.

After several minutes of deliberation, I selected a puerh I had purchased a couple months ago from a teashop that sourced its teas straight from China. Therefore, I was expecting a rather unique tea experience, which I got, but not in the way I was expecting!

I was thinking that puerh would taste like black tea; it doesn’t. But, I didn’t know that when I sat down with my breakfast and cup of warm brew.

As I was eating my morning meal, I took a sip of puerh. Big mistake! I discovered that drinking puerh while eating peanut butter, banana and toast is not a good combo!

After I recovered from my moment of repulsion, I elected to finish my morning meal and then investigate the strange tea flavor in my cup.

Fishy Tasting Tea

Once breakfast was completed, I came back to my still warm brew and took another sip. That Ew! Factor was still there. In fact, I found the taste to be quite dreadful.

But, I really wanted to understand why I didn’t like the flavor, so I took another sip.

Then it hit me; my tea tasted fishy.

Not being a big fan of fish or any type of seafood for that matter, it made sense why I was repulsed by the taste.

Yet, I was also fascinated by how the tea leaves can acquire such a fishy flavor. It got me to wondering if puerh is grown near the ocean. Perhaps it’s where the tea is cultivated that makes it taste so strange. I guess I’ll have to investigate further.

I May Never Try Puerh Again

Despite my fascination with why tea would taste fishy, I just couldn’t bring myself to drink any more puerh.

I also found myself questioning whether I wanted to venture further into the world of loose tea. I’ve had bad tea, but never tea that had me literally wanting to run away from it.

Plus, I spent most of the day with a fishy-seaweed-like-taste in my mouth. My puerh experience certainly left quite an impression on my taste buds!

On the other hand, I do want to be more adventuresome and try new things. I’ve been fantasizing recently about traveling to far-off places to taste exotic teas. However, I don’t think I’d make very many friends abroad with that Ew! look on my face.

I guess, I’ll just have to put on my big girl panties and be prepared for new surprises, good or bad. That’s what makes life interesting, right?

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

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

P.S. I haven’t given up on puerh yet! I’ll give it a try again someday…

Have you have had a tea that you strongly disliked?