In my Thankful Thursday post yesterday I mentioned my lack of ability to taste. Dawn Treader commented that given that it was rather odd that I liked my tea weak. That made me wonder. Why do I like my tea weak? So today I set about finding out and the conclusions so far have been rather startling. I would always have said that I drank it weak because I don't like the bitter taste of tea when it's strong. I can now confirm that I can taste the bitterness in strong tea and that I don't like it.
I have also discovered that I cannot tell that the Green Tea with Lemon and Ginger that I drink in the morning has ginger and lemon in it although I can tell that it's not 'ordinary' tea and not plain Green Tea. I can tell that the Earl Grey is what it is and that it's different from 'ordinary' tea but I can't tell the Lady Grey apart from it.
I can tell the Lapsang Souchong apart from the others.
The Red Bush tea is quite different from everything else and I can actually drink that stronger.
So I have come to the conclusion that my tea drinking habits are exactly that - habits. I've been drinking the tea that I do in the way that I do for so many decades that I hadn't even realised that I couldn't taste them properly. Monica what have you done?! Life will never be the same again!