My scale is simplified for the sake of consistency. The legend follows below:
100 – These teas are simply special. They are not only perfectly balanced, but also particularly appeal to my tastes, emotions, and always have a place in my cupboard.
90 – These teas are perfectly balanced, and have no downsides. I feel this is the highest objective rating I can give, and anything rated higher is simply a special fancy. The teas here are certainly among the best I’ve ever tasted.
80 – These teas are really good, but they may have downsides that are very particular to me. They may be generally well-balanced, but perhaps contain a flavor I’m not personally keen on. Nevertheless, these teas are solid and deserve a chance.
70 – These teas are just alright. Not particularly offensive, but nothing to write home about either. I wouldn’t warn anybody off them, but I wouldn’t restock them myself.
60 – Teas in this category have a fatal flaw or require some serious help, lots of milk and/or sugar, to be enjoyable. But at least they can be salvaged.
50 – This is the lowest reasonable category, in my opinion, as anything lower must either not be tea or altogether undrinkable. I was able to finish one cup of these teas for the sake of fairness, but that was probably all I could drink.
10 – This category is reserved for “teas” so offensive, I could not finish a full cup of one. I’ve yet to have such a bad tea, but I suppose anything is possible.