My favorite teas are unflavored Chinese blacks, especially Yunnans & Fujians and I’m also partial to strong Irish Breakfast blends. I enjoy other blacks, greens and oolongs as well. I am giving pu-erh a shot, but am not overwhelmed at the moment. Occasionally I also enjoy a nice flavored tea, but prefer a few complementary flavors rather than chocolate covered strawberry marshmallow tiramisu oolong. I never sweeten my teas and only add milk in chai blends.
Likes: Anything roasty, toasty, smoky, or malty. As well as citrus and cream flavors.
Dislikes: Anise/licorice/fennel, stevia, mint & coconut.
Allergies: Peanuts & Tree nuts
I’ve decided to use a simplified rating system in order to keep things consistent.
100- The best tea I have ever tasted. Can’t live without it.
95- Wonderful teas that I drink almost daily, and will always have on hand. Probably the first teas I will recommend and serve to guests.
90- Teas I greatly enjoy and will restock often, though I may not always have them on hand.
80 – Good teas that I may purchase occasionally, or drink when I’m in the mood. Perhaps seasonal teas.
70- Enjoyable teas. I wouldn’t turn down a cup but may have to be in the mood to consider. Probably not a consistent in my cupboard.
60- I finished my cup/sample but wouldn’t purchase, and would turn down a cup if there were any other options.
50- Didn’t finish the cup. Would not drink again if offered a cup.
1- Nothing could make me try this tea again. And it has probably reduced my opinion of the entire company.