The difference between drinking tea and tasting tea is taking a moment to appreciate the brew. It is a choice you make the moment you close your eyes to immerse yourself in the experience, however brief.
A cup of tea or a coffee, a glass of whisky, a clear sky on a starry night, a dinner with friends, a philharmonic orchestra performing Mozart; all of those things are unbelievably dull to some, while endlessly fascinating to others. Why is that?
Some people choose to enjoy experiences. And you, as a writer, should be a master of that choice. If you can’t sense, taste, smell, or observe, how can you tell a story in which your readers can?