I've noticed that when I get a cold, my taste sensitivity goes down. In fact I typically stop eating altogether when I'm sick. I can go 2-3 days without eating a thing. I'm just unable to eat. Ok that's one thing.
But here's the weird part: when I'm sick, even though the sensitivity goes down, I can still taste, only the WRONG flavors.
An example would be this simple lentil salad with red onion and tomatoes, simple vinaigrette with olive oil, red wine vinegar, S & P. I take a spoonfull: wow, that tastes like fish!! Ok nothing so surprising, I'm sick, my taste must be off as usual, or maybe I'm just imagining things. The next day, I completely forgot. I eat the lentil salad again. Fish taste! So weird. I asked my wife, she says it doesn't taste like fish at all.
I had already noticed that when I've been sick before. My wife has never had that happen to her.
Have you ever noticed it for yourself?
PS: Just opened a bottle of german lager and it tastes really sweet and odd, not the taste I'm used to. No, no, it doesn't taste like kangaroo meat either, it just... taste weird, and it almost feels like it's thicker than usual, and clinging to my tongue and palate.. weird.
Almost like my tastebuds are on LSD or something.