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Can you taste/smell pesticides on tea?

Postby asterix2k10 » Sep 25th, '13, 19:39

Apparently David Lee Hoffman could according to his documentary All in this Tea.

Does anyone here have experience with this?
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Re: Can you taste/smell pesticides on tea?

Postby kikula » Sep 25th, '13, 19:59

I actually once searched this forum and everywhere else wondering about that - the question arose in the same context. I actually haven't been able to find out what pesticides are used either. But of course you can't taste them in an apple so I dunno why you would in tea. He's quite a character.
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Re: Can you taste/smell pesticides on tea?

Postby Poohblah » Sep 25th, '13, 20:34

DLH seems to pop up once every few months on these forums. There's about a thousand different threads about him.

And no, he can't "smell pesticides on tea". Though it makes for a good haggling tactic.
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Re: Can you taste/smell pesticides on tea?

Postby chrl42 » Sep 25th, '13, 22:51

No. I even don't know what 'pesticide' tastes like (I grew up in urban areas).

But there are some teas I taste strangely, some kind of taste that is not likely from tea. When I drink it, it stimulates my stomach and then nature calls right to toilet. I don't if it's pesticide or not, but when I sense that, I try to avoid that tea.
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Re: Can you taste/smell pesticides on tea?

Postby Drax » Sep 26th, '13, 09:09

You can try an example out for yourself, if you like.
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Re: Can you taste/smell pesticides on tea?

Postby Evan Draper » Sep 27th, '13, 16:52

Drax wrote:You can try an example out for yourself, if you like.

So cool!
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Re: Can you taste/smell pesticides on tea?

Postby kikula » Sep 27th, '13, 20:53

Evan Draper wrote:
Drax wrote:You can try an example out for yourself, if you like.

So cool!


Wow.
Developing one's palette this way is very sad, but a somewhat amazing idea.

Edit: That would be palate! Ack, must be old age.
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Re: Can you taste/smell pesticides on tea?

Postby Chasm » Sep 28th, '13, 19:37

I was just wondering about this. My stomach has gotten really sensitive lately, and I've tried a number of teas that based on the first sip or two, I think should be fine, but after a bit more my stomach starts to rebel.

Now I'm tempted to try the tasting for chemicals kit.
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