I’m a writer and editor who, after years of bagged-tea purgatory, has finally seen the light and glory of loose-leaf teas. I’m still just starting my journey, as it’s been only in the last 2 years that I’ve started drinking loose-leaf tea, and only in the past few months that I’ve been trying different varieties in earnest.
Likes: Green tea, sobacha, fruit flavours, masala chais, jasmine, mint, citrus, ginger.
Dislikes (or at least generally disinclined towards): Hibiscus, rosehip, chamomile, licorice, lavender.
Things I’m on the fence about: Oolong, vanilla (I prefer it mixed with black teas or rooibos rather than green tea), white teas.
Still need to do my research on: unflavoured black teas, pu’er teas.
For those interested, here’s my scoring system, though I don’t score teas as often as I used to:
100-85: A winner!
84-70: Pretty good. This is a nice, everyday kind of tea.
69-60: Decent, but not up to snuff.
59-50: Not great. Better treated as an experiment.
49-0: I didn’t like this, and I’m going to avoid it in the future. Blech.
Toronto, ON, Canada