I’ve heard others refer to me as a Renaissance man. I’m more apt to describe myself in a sentence ending with “…and master of none.”
I play music. I design and build things. I love art and quirky stuff. And I have a really cool wife.
In an attempt at a more graceful aging, I entered the wonderful world of tea for its health benefits in 2017. A home roaster and seasoned coffee-ologist, I dove quickly in, gleaning knowledge from every source possible and tasting all I could afford to buy, beg or borrow. Hundreds of cups, pots, bags and blends into it, I still consider myself a neophyte Steepster.
I’ve discovered I am a huge fan of Pu-erh, and quickly warmed up to Oolong and Yunnan Blacks, White teas, and Matcha.
Flavoring? Not really my thing. I can bear a little Jasmine in a Silver Needle, but given the plethora of sensory pleasures in the realm of tea, I’ll budget for a better tea over something with an additive.
I enjoy Tisanes, too. We buy herbs in bulk and blend for both benefits and taste. In that order.
My Somewhat Subjective Rating System:
91-100: An absolute favorite tea. So Far. You could create a reality TV show from my impulses to buy and hoard this one.
81-90: A favorite tea. I can overlook any inconsistencies it may have.
71-80: I like this tea. I’ll share or finish what I have, but it won’t make the reorder list.
61-70: Definitely drinkable, but doesn’t align my stars or anything.
51-60: Something’s not quite right. Could be quality, consistency, blending, or just personal preference, but not my favorite. I’ll still finish the pot.
11-50: Undrinkable for any variety of reasons. You won’t see a lot of these ratings from me, and I probably got this one as a sample; I tend to spend money on teas I know will appeal to me.
1-10: Was this really tea?