The finest teas in the world inspire through their sheer sensory presence a sense of awe; they demand that the taster stops and contemplates. Sometimes they are startling; they upend our very conception of what food and drink can be. What elements go into the tasting experience at the highest level? It seems like tea would be primarily a taste experience, but in fact, tea is just as much about smell and texture as it is taste. In addition there is the physiological aspect of how the tea actually makes you feel in regards to the stimulant and relaxant qualities that any given tea might have.