I am a former coffee drinker turned tea lover.
Black tea is probably my favorite type of tea, but I rather enjoy most types… I’m even developing a taste for pu-erh.
0-10: This tea is either flavorless or just plain undrinkable. I will avoid these teas in the future.
11-20: I was only able to make it through a few sips before pouring the tea out.
21-30: I may have been able to make it through the first cup but the thought of having another has me cringing.
31-40: Teas in this range are not horrible, but nothing I would seek out in the future.
41-60: Would drink if offered, but would not purchase for myself.
61-70: Okay, nothing special
71-80: Enjoyable, but I have to be in the mood for these. Probably would purchase if I found a really great price.
81-90: Pretty good tea, will probably be one of my favorites.
91-95: These teas are really excellent. I wouldn’t necessarily run out and buy more of these (just because there are so many teas out there that I haven’t tried), but I would miss this tea.
96-99: Terrific, very impressive.
100: This special rating is reserved for teas that are absolutely perfect in my opinion. I will only give out a rating of 100 to one tea per category (Earl Grey, unflavored black, dessert tea, Irish Breakfast, etc). These are teas that I really want to have around.
Perfect Teas so Far:
Earl Grey: Saint Isaac’s Blend (Russian Earl Grey) from Upton
Dessert Tea: Marco Polo from Mariage Freres
Unflavored Black: Emperor’s Red from Premium Steap