My favorite teas are unflavored Chinese blacks, especially Yunnans & Fujians, and I’m also partial to strong Irish Breakfast blends and Assams. In addition to black teas I like heavy roasted oolongs and less-grassy green teas. I enjoy my blacks and oolongs unflavored, but have a soft-spot for flavored green teas. I always take my tea without additions except for masala chai blends which I always add milk to. Generally unsweetened soy or quinoa milks, occasionally I’ll splurge with some sweetened vanilla soy milk.
Likes: Anything roasty, toasty, smoky, or malty. As well as citrus and cream flavors.
Dislikes: Anise/licorice/fennel, stevia, & coconut flavoring. Rooibos, honeybush and mate tisanes.
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.