The organoleptics of tea

Much like the taste for wine or certain foods can be acquired, developed and cultivated, a taste for different teas can be explored, discovered and established. None of us start off liking every single type of tea and there’s a good chance that our palette changes depending on our mood, season and with age. When I had my first cup of tea as a kid and I really didn’t enjoy it all that much (shocker I know!) But what was important about that experience was the initial introduction tea had given to my taste buds that would eventually set me on the path towards a new discovery later in life.

While I was growing up, I drank more and more tea, mostly because I was surrounded by a family of tea fanatics and friends who drank it almost nonstop. It was inevitable that I would eventually get addicted as well. And so, the quest for the perfect cup began. I kept trying, kept disliking, kept trying and kept not falling in love as I have hoped I would after trying so many. After numerous tries, I have come to a great realization that maybe I was not thinking big enough. After all, I was focusing mostly on a limited selection of blends, lacking in originality and spontaneity my mouth was clearly seeking.

As time progressed, I found new ways of fulfilling my tea needs. I moved swiftly through the aisles in tea shops around the world and sought out new blends that I thought would make me fall in love. I kept requesting various tea flavors, characters, notes and aromas. But funny thing is – I was already in love, I just didn’t know it. I have developed a taste for the fine, delicate and subtle notes tea has to offer without even realizing it. All I was looking for were new teas to try simply because my adjusted palette was demanding it!

After my tea conquest, I realized that tea can be an acquired taste as well. So for all of you tea lovers who only stick to one type of tea, do not despair! There is hope, and you only need to be persistent to find a new match for those stubborn taste buds of yours. Tea has an array of flavors and certainly will not disappoint you in its variety. Be open, and be patient and you will find a new match in no time.


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