Tea Reviewers Revisited

There are tea review sites and then there are tea review sites. For a listing of some of the more noteworthy ones, take a look at this previous article, here at The English Tea Store Blog. I also took a more in-depth look at a couple of the largest tea review sites out there. They include Teaviews, which has published another 500 or so tea reviews since they were featured and which currently boasts a total of 4,275 reviews. There’s also social media-styled Steepster, whose database of tasting notes now numbers well in excess of 60,000 entries.

Which pretty much leaves all other contenders in the dust (unless there are some really big sites that I’ve somehow overlooked). But it’s also worth taking a closer look at what appear to be the third and fourth place contenders. That would be RateTea.net and the aptly named The Tea Review Blog. It’s a fairly close call as to which is the bigger of these two but the latter has more than 700 reviews just of black tea alone and a total of more than 1,500 reviews altogether.

The Tea Review Blog describes itself as “an online community of tea lovers and tea reviewers.” According to the site there are currently about a dozen reviewers turning out reviews of “real” tea, tisanes, rooibos and yerba mate. New tea reviews are posted to the site three times a day and reviews do not include any numerical or other ratings or rankings.

At RateTea.net, they recently passed the 1,000 review/rating mark. It bills itself as “a website where anyone, not just connoisseurs, can rate and review teas.” RateTea.net has been doing its thing since 2009, when it was founded by Alex Zorach, who also maintains his own personal tea blog, appropriately named Alex Zorach’s Tea Blog. Teas at RateTea.net are ranked on a 1-10 scale for aroma and overall rating and on a 1-5 scale for flavor and value. Also at the site, various articles and other information about tea.

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