I thought the subject matter of the conversation between @NW3Andre and @JamesE deserved it’s own thread, not least because it seems quite a few forum members have had covid and it would probably be nice to share, the subject of taste is probably quite central to most on here and also (to do our bit) an article on the radio the other day was suggesting that there may well be a national initiative to collate all the varied and wide-spread data regarding covid being shared on the internet to better help our understanding. (I can but dream )
I’m intrigued by the conversation on the other thread, because the experiences of my other half and I were markedly different with Covid. She completely lost her sense of taste and smell, and pretty as @JamesE says, is only just getting it back to normal, starting with simple salt/sugar/bitter/sour.
I myself suffered no noticeable loss of either sense (though had to sleep on the sofa for a few days as I couldn’t climb the stairs, so it wasn’t exactly a fair trade-off ).
But, and it’s quite an important but (I think with regard to the subject matter) the first two bottles we opened post-Covid (a Sichel Sauternes and a Laffitte-Teston Ericka PdVB Sec) tasted, to both of us overwhelmingly of ear wax - really, really bitter. My other half is normally over-sensitive to bitter and sour flavours, and her sensitivity to vinegar (even acids from citrus) became acute for several days, but has now subsided as her sense of smell has started to slowly return.
It’s be interesting to hear how others have experienced the loss of/alteration to their smell taste - and perhaps we as a community can help understand this (bizarre) illness