Just OK. Not sure why everyone else raves about this one. Compared to PG Tips, this was flat and missing something. Compared to Yorkshire Tea (the red label), was flat and bitter.
Yet, your score was 85/100? I’m missing something…
I didn’t hate the tea, I just didn’t like it. It was drinkable, if not as drinkable as other teas of that style I have had and really enjoyed; however, compared to those same other teas in that style, it wasn’t as good as the reviews – both here, in other location online, in books, and by word of mouth – I’ve heard or read about it gave me to believe.
I grade teas like my mom did her student’s essay papers.
Bad Ratings that are low numbers are for the truly bad teas and would be called a low F on a report card. For example, the Tea as a student shows up and only manages to get his or her name and date on the paper correct. The resulting liquid (the essay) does not look, smell, or taste anything like what was expected and no amount of fiddling with temperatures and times, nor tweaking of add-ins can help.
This is for truly horrible teas that are undrinkable, no matter the tweaking.
What I call mid-grade ratings would be B’s and C’s on a 1988 american school report card. In this “stretching it” metaphor of teas as students writing an essay, these teas get the message of the essay across (the tea looks like tea in tea cup), but they have misspelled words (noticeably longer or shorter brew times), incorrect tenses (varying from norm water temperature), less than stellar grammar (require a lot more additives). These are Mediocre teas that are horrible alone but become better with excessive tweaking (Examples: brewing at a lower temp than the tea type calls for, or adding excessive amounts of sugar or dairy, or a dairy with a higher fat content than tea can usually tolerate) get between a B and C grade rating.
Truly stellar Teas as students may need some minor tweaking to meet my taste, but they generally deliver a delicious cup of tea using the directions provided, it can be drunk on its own, if needed, and using substitute items (for example: powdered milk or condensed milk instead of fresh) and delivers that same flavor and experience every time I brew it/drink it. These get the high marks – As on the report card, 90-100 on the ratings.
Cliff note version:
Teas that require minimal to no tweaking and produce a consistently quality cuppa get high marks 90-100.
Teas, like Yorkshire and Yorkshire Gold, that require more amounts of tweaking and produce quality cups, but are still drinkable; or the extra tweaks occur back end (more or different sugar, more or different or particular types/amounts of dairy or citrus add-ins) get high C’s and B’s grades in the 76-89 range.
Teas that remain completely undrinkable, no matter how much I tweak the temperature, brew time, add ins, environment and atmosphere, whathaveyou. These teas obtain grades in the very very low F range, usually with ratings of 1 number only.
All the lovely numbers between 20 and 70?
Those are reserved for other people to rate as they will.
However, the day may come that I like a tea’s name but it tastes horrible – that tea might get a 22 on whimsy.
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Librarian, Serial Obsessive, Anglophile, Self-proclaimed Tea Snob, and Crazy Cat Lady.
I prefer good old fashioned black tea, without a lot of frou-frou flavorings.