Tead Off wrote:The lightbulb went on.
shah82 wrote:No. If you gave a good cheese of strong character to any random person, the chances are, they won't like it at first appeal, any more than they'd like durians or avocados or any other consumable with intense flavors.
The other side, is that novices tend to only notice broad qualities, and nothing subtle. A good tea, or a good wine, will satisfy them just as much as truly excellent tea or excellent wine. Cheaper dancongs have the same qualities as really nice ones, and it can be difficult for someone starting out to understand why more expensive dancongs are chased after. Some people honestly do prefer the more coarse flavor, but many people simply don't understand that the flavor is coarse, or quiet, or tinny, or unlively, etc, etc, but still is tasty.
AdamMY wrote:I guess we are quibbling over what is a random person. In the end I think any person once they've reached a certain age, has felt strongly enough about some food item, that they have felt compelled to delve into the many facets of flavors it can have.
Tead Off wrote:The lightbulb moment is a humbling moment because you realize how little you understood before. It's not the end, though.
wyardley wrote:I don't think "good things are wasted on novices", whether it's tea, wine, or something else. You may not appreciate it in the same way as someone with more experience, but in way, that beginner's mind can be a big blessing at times. I think many of us have had formative experiences with good teas that are part of why we stayed interested in tea.
And, while there may be some exceptions, my feeling is that in general, really good tea will shine through, even if it's not brewed perfectly.