How do you use the sliding scale? I don’t think my ratings are that consistent. For instance, my 60 might be different than another person’s 60 as far as what it means. Any ideas?
Kind of wish instead of a scale, you could click "awful- will never drink again, boring- drinkable, pretty good- may buy again, very good, and so on. Perhaps it’s just me?
I think the “my 60 might be different than another person’s 60 as far as what it means” is good since everyone’s taste in tea IS different. I always put disclaimers in my tasting notes like “Wasn’t a fan of this, but that’s not surprising since I don’t care for blacks. A black tea lover would love this!” or “I got this as a gift. I really enjoyed it, but there are so many teas out there I don’t think I’ll be spending my own money on this”. That’s why I think it’s important we have a field or check boxes where we can enter how we got the tea.
I believe it’s awful, meh, good, awesome, left to right, given as guidelines for the sliding scale ratings. I tend to be picky when rating things in general so few teas are on the higher end for me.
Below 10 – poured it out immediately.
10-50 – maybe I drank it, but I won’t make it again (or if I do, I’ll change something, water temp, additions, something)
50-65 – I’ll drink it again
65-80 – liked it!
80-100 – definately going to reorder
These are just estimates, since the numbers don’t show up on the slider
I’ll only give a tea a 0 if I can’t finish the cup and I ALWAYS try my best to finish at least the 1st cup. Maybe 10-20ish if I can’t bring myself to try resteeping it.
I do think what complicates the ratings is we can’t give a tea a new rating each time we try it.
My ratings use to be
80+ I’d reorder
70-79 I can drink it, but I didn’t think it was anything special
65 I can tolerate but wouldn’t drink a second time
Then I noticed steepster had little smiley faces. 25 has a yuck face. 50 has an indifference, 75 has a delicious and 100 has an omg this is outstanding type of face!
So I started using that as my guideline. After I fixed my ratings, my score seemed closer to the average ratings.
I try to order my tea which ones I’d prefer over another, but I realized that’s useless. I forget how a tea tastes after a few days.
Thanks for the responses- these are really helpful guidelines.
I just logged Kekecha Yellow and that got me thinking, the 3rd smiley is kinda misleading. It’s like 67. I think there should be 5 smileys at 0, 25, 50, 75, and 100.
I agree, they need to mark he bits more clearly, and maybe provide suggestions like 0-25 won’t buy again 25-50 will try different prep, if no improvement won’t purchase but might take for free, 50-75 like it, won’t stock up, might tweak with prep, 75-100 will gladly buy again and even stock up on it
Yeah and RE: your point with the “will try different prep”, I’m just going to reiterate my desire for separate ratings for each tasting note. A lot of us tinker w/ parameters and having individual ratings will make it a lot easier on the readers since they’ll know at a glace which parameters work and which don’t. I also suggested specific fields for leaf and water amount so a person doesn’t have to go fishing thru the tasting note to find them.