Tea addict since 2010. I do not sweeten, add (soy) milk, honey or anything else to my teas. (not that I look down upon it, but it’s not my preference)
Feel free to add me on Steepster, I’ll probably add you back. :)
I don’t log tea every time I drink it. Tasting notes tend to be about either one style of brewing or a new experience. It is helpful for me to look back on my notes and see what a tea tasted like or which steeping parameter worked best for me.
When I write “tsp”, the measurement I use is a regular western teaspoon. Not a tea scoop
Recently I have begun listing how much water I use, amount of tea leaves, and number of steeping with their times in my notes. This is for two reasons, firstly so that I can duplicate good experiences and also avoid steep times that were bad. Secondly so that other people on Steepster can suggest better steep parameters. I am ALWAYS looking to improve my knowledge of tea and how to prepare it. :) So if you have a tip, suggestion, or critique, please let me know via comment or private message.
Since I am constantly developing my palate, over time tea ratings can change +/- 10 points. This mostly applies to the first few months I’ve spent on Steepster (I hadn’t tried anything excellent yet!)
All ratings last adjusted: Feb 2nd, 2012
99-100: Teas that blow my mind! An unforgettable experience. Savoured to the last drop. I felt privileged to drink this.
90-98: Extraordinary, highly recommended, try it and you won’t be disappointed (and if you are, mail me the tea!)
80-89: Excellent, a treasured experience but not a favourite.
70-79: Good but could be better. Above average.
60-69: Average, unexceptional, not something I would buy again. Slightly disappointed. I’d rather drink water.
50-59: Doesn’t meet my expectations / Disappointed. Subpar. Does not leave a bad taste in my mouth.
40-49: Leaves a bad taste in my mouth
Below 39: Not suitable for consumption
No rating: Mixed feelings, can’t decide whether I like it or not, not enough experience with that sort of tea to rate it. A dramatic change of heart.