I started drinking tea in 2018 when a friend introduced me to flavored black teas. Since then, I have developed a bit of a tea addiction. I never want to be without the teas I love, but I’m perpetually compelled to try new ones…
I started with French tea companies like Mariage Freres, Dammann Freres, Kusmi, Nina’s, and TheOdor, because I’m French and it makes me feel closer to home, but I would love to find tea companies I love as much on this side of the Atlantic.
I’m partial to dessert teas and in terms of flavors, I adore almond, pistachio, biscuit, nutty types, as well as caramel, cream, cake, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, and cookies. For me, it’s all about drinking my dessert!!! I also like fruity teas like peach, melon, mango, raspberry, strawberry, figs, and even grapefruit flavored teas. I am discovering more floral teas and testing the waters there, but I don’t care for earl greys or chai. I have not expanded into unflavored teas yet, but maybe one day.
For full disclosure I like my tea with a little sugar/sweetener.
Tea ratings: (I’m not a tough customer and I don’t have a very sophisticated palate.)
96-100: Pure deliciousness and all-time favourite teas.
90-95: Love love love. Delicious teas I reach for all the time.
80-89: Good to great teas I’d drink any day of the week.
75-79: Good teas that I would be happy to drink from time to time.
70-74: Teas that are just ok for me. They’re not bad teas, but not my preference.
60-69: Maybe good for someone else but definitely not my thing.
1-49: Just no.
North Carolina, USA