Contrary to popular belief, I’m actually drinking some wine here. Tonight I went to the local wine store to pick up a bottle (because none of my brother in law’s collection is stuff he wants us to open right now — most being 10 years old or more). I picked a bottle out at random — some Chateau du Cartillon, Haut-Medoc, 2002, that tasted quite decent. It was pretty smooth, but aside from that, I realize I don’t know how to describe a wine’s taste.
However, since I haven’t been consuming alcohol much these days, my tolerance is really low. That’s one good thing about tea — you don’t need to train yourself for tolerance, although I suppose drinking lots of tea in one day, a la Maliandao, requires some practice.
During my trip here so far I have also had a bit of coffee…. of the espresso variety (since you can rarely find dripcoffee here). Coffee’s one great problem, for a tea drinker like me, is that it is bitter to the end. There’s no huigan, the bitterness doesn’t turn to sweetness like it does in tea. The flavours I find largely unpleasant — heavy roasting plus the bitterness makes for a bad drink. I do not understand those who enjoy a cup of coffee. They obviously haven’t tried good tea 🙂