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Summer, 2003 Newsletter - Homepage
  Introduction: "A Matter of Taste"

   In a frequently quoted passage, tea sage Lu YŁ remarked that the true value of a tea was expressed in the cup. "Its goodness is a decision for the mouth to make." Taste is the mouth's assessment of a tea; it is the impression created by the interplay of predominant flavor notes and subtle nuances. Taste determines whether we prefer the bold, maltiness of an Assam or the delicate floral notes of a fine Darjeeling.

   The philosophical and scientific interest in taste has a long history that includes Aristotle's presentation of a theory of seven types of flavor. Several significant breakthroughs in research, including one as recent as last year, have contributed to the current understanding of taste sensation.

Read more in A Matter of Taste: Part 2: Making Sense of Taste Research.

 Related Information:
   "Part 1: Tea Tasting Basics"
   "How to brew the perfect cup of tea."
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