I have been going to Katz's every few months for a good number of years. I can recall when the salamis were hanging over our heads. Each time I (or a friend) would put a dollar or two into the cup and ask for fatty or soft pastrami, etc. Usually I eat the pastrami without the bread and without any mustard, just one piece of meat after another, and usually with cream soda. This time, last Wednesday at 6PM or so, the slicer picked out one piece of pastrami, gave me a sample, sliced it up, was not satisfied with it (though I did not say anything) and went back to get another piece to slice up. The resulting sandwich was a disappointment--for the first time ever. The meat did not have the usual peppery, meaty flavor. It had a somewhat metallic overtone. And it lacked the fattiness, the softness. I wondered if they were curing it differently. I just hope that this was an aberration. I ended up putting mustard on the meat.