Name: Shelley Lorraine Limegrover
Location: Wyoming (soon to be Seattle)
Occupation: Student and Evil Genius
Ward: 3 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, 1 Cocker spaniel, 1 super cranky but lovable siamese cat, one bipolar black turkish angora, and my husband’s black and white cat.
Hobbies: Learning, reading books, math, physics, literature, anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)
Future plans: World domination >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and Japanese)
Favorite teas: Kukicha, Laoshan Green, Greens in general, Silver Needle white, Puerh, dark oolongs. . .
Least favorite (teas and flavors): Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Teas with strong floral flavor, ginger, coconut. . .
My Rating System
90-100: My happiness depends on it
80-90: Really Like it, not epic, but a likely cupboard staple.
I’ll have a cup if someone else already brewed some or if they ask me to brew it. Won’t be the first bag a reach for when I visit my tea station. Might or might not buy again.
50-70: It was alright, but it won’t be a repurchase. I might still finish of what is left in the bag I already have.
25-50: I finished off a cup (or could have), but I don’t see myself ever having another.
0- 25: Teas that provoke the response: “I better go brew something else quick or brush my teeth before the aftertaste kills me.” (exact rating based on degree of physical and psychological damage :) )
Yes, I know my rating ranges overlap. I did this on purpose because sometimes I am in between opinions for a particular tea.
I rate all of my teas for personal reference. I want to be able to go back and review which particular greens, blacks, etc I liked better than others or be able to remember if I like a particular type of tea in general.
Note: When I include brewing temperatures with my tasting notes, 195deg is boiling at my altitude. So don’t think that I am making a point of brewing black teas less than boiling.