So bummed. All of my black Friday shopping teas are finally here but I’ve had a nasal/chest cold for the last week and a half and I can barely smell or taste anything! I certainly don’t want to waste a lot of these high quality teas when I won’t get anything out of them. So here they sit. Taunting me.
I rant here because this group is about the only place that gets my situation. I don’t even mind not tasting a bunch of my food right now. But tea! Arrrgh!
Waah that sucks. Just eat tons of citrus and drink tons of water!
Very frustrating! I hope you regain your sense of taste and smell quickly!
Oh man, my sympathies :[ Do you have not-so-good shou? You could steep that with ginger. That’s what I do.
OolongOwl has a hardier solution. It might help you get better more quickly so can get to your new loves!
Haha thanks for this. I like her style. I’ve totally been eating ginger and spicy stuff since its all I can feel. Taste isn’t the right word. I feel the tingly spice. I even ate cayenne pepper with honey. Its slowly getting better. I’m gonna try the pu shu trick.
Wow, eating cayenne pepper just like that?? Hahaaa I think my taste buds would die. Hope you like the pu and that it works.
See, I surround myself by cheaper comfort teas for this reason. I drink them in the morning when I’m too sleepy to pay attention, and when I’m sick and need something flavoured and strong to actually taste it.
Also I have some of Domo’s Elixo.
Definitely no fun. Make sure to take vitamin c too. I’m pregnant and have been dealing with something kinda like that the past 2 weeks. Get well soon!
That sucks but colds tend to go away in time. I understand though because I frequently can’t drink my good teas. My job takes away my time to brew them properly.
:( So sorry! I agree with others that this is when I break out all the mediocre teas. I figure I’m being thrifty by not throwing them out, so I can give myself a mental pat on the back while I snuffle and watch bad TV reruns. Hang in there!
Peppermint leaves. Steeped long and strong, hot as you can stand them. My miracle cure for pretty much anything.
Bourbon and honey.
I just went through the same thing, and it took two weeks to pass all the way through it. I was writing about Christmas themed blends around that same time some, and something related to that might work. You could try drying orange peels (the outer colored part, shaved off with a peeler and dried in the oven) and make spice blends with that and modest versions of black tea. It wouldn’t waste really good tea, and if you ramp up that orange and spice—with clove and cinnamon as the starting point—it would get through, and might seem pleasant according to an off palate. There is even potential for mixing the idea of herbal remedies but adding a few random-flavored ingredients that supposedly have health benefits might taste awful. All of that is close enough to masala chai; making that might work too.