Friday, May 18, 2012

A World of Information on RateTea.com

RateTea.net is a free site where anyone can rate and review tea. It was founded by fellow tea drinker and blogger, Alex Zorach. One of my favorite features is the Regions section. You would be hard pressed to find such a wealth of information in one place. Not only is it a great way to learn about where your tea came from but it also makes it super easy to browse teas and tea reviews from specific regions. Each region's page includes facts about that country and the styles of teas produced there as well as the most popular teas that were grown there. The site is a constant work in progress and new information is added frequently. I love that herbal teas are included since these often get forgotten or snubbed because they are not "real tea". If you haven't check it out yet, I definitely suggest that you do. Add some reviews while you are it!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks!

    I thought a lot about the question of whether or not to include herbal teas, when I started the site. I'm glad you like my decision!

    It's tough, because much of the information on the site, like info about specific varieties of tea, tea processing, is pretty disconnected from the material on herbal teas.

    But I found that even these topics relate more to herbal teas than one would expect. For example, oxidation is central in the production of black and oolong teas, and I have a page specifically about that. But oxidation is also used to produce rooibos...and just like heating the tea leaf can be used to prevent oxidation, leading to green tea, you can also produce green rooibos by an analagous process.

    So I've found that when you start delving deeper, other herbs actually relate to many of the more specialized pure tea related topics.

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