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 (have a degree in it), literature (have a degree in it too), anthropology, traveling, piano, and making TEA, of course (^o^)
Future plans: World domination >-)
Graduate school for Comparative literature (in German, Latin, and …) (this will be my 4th degree, but first/only graduate one :) )
Favorite teas: Kukicha, Green teas in general, aged oolongs, charcoal roasted oolong, taiwanese oolongs, Assam, Hibiscus. . .
Don’t like: Genmaicha, Earl Grey, Darjeelings, ginger, coconut, smokey teas (even mild ones), nut flavors, overwhelmingly strong floral flavor (esp. Jasmine). . .
My Rating System
IMPORTANT NOTE: If I try a tea and I can recognize that it may have notable quality or appeal to someone else (but not to me), I will leave it unrated. However, I will not shy away from rating a tea low just because others have rated it high. In summary, if it has a rating, then that is based on my taste for it, if it doesn’t then it is one that I would highly recommend to some people, but not to myself". I hope this makes sense!!
90-100: My happiness depends on it => there will always be room for these teas in my cupboard.
80-90: Really Like it, not epic, but a likely cupboard staple. Or, rather, worthy of cupboard space if I have any to spare. Many teas fall into this category, but I certainly can’t own all of them all the time!
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. Probably won’t buy again because, with so many awesome teas out there, there’s no reason to settle.
50-70: It was OK, but I probably won’t finish the bag/sample. I might have another cup before swapping or giving it away.
25-50: I (reluctantly) finished off a cup (or could have), but I won’t ever have 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.
Note: When I include brewing temperatures with my tasting notes, boiling temp. barely reaches 200 where I am (and a few times it stuck at 195, I assume due to unexplainable shifts in altitude or the position of the moon. . .lol). So anyway, don’t think that I am making a point of brewing black teas less than boiling.