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Fall, 2017 Newsletter - Introduction

When professional tea-tasters sip a spoonful of tea, they do so with an enthusiastic slurp that would be considered inappropriate at the dinner table. In an interview published at businessdailynews.com, veteran Tetley tea-taster, Sebastian Michaelis, described the slurping as sounding “pretty horrendous if you’ve not heard it before.” Whether or not the average tea-taster understands the complex flavor cognition system that Gordon M. Shepherd refers to as the human brain flavor system, they have known for over a century that exposing the retronasal receptors to tea vapors, with a pretty horrendous sounding slurp, is essential to proper tea evaluation.

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