I would like to say a special "Thank you!" to everyone who voted on our next project! The winning project was “The Pageant of Winter Teas" and it won by a landslide!
I just completed the Battle of the Earl Greys, so this page will continue to develop as the project comes together!
The fifteen different face/offs in the Battle of the Earl Greys was a little intense, so I would like to keep my next project to something closer to five or less. At first, I looked into the beauty pageant format, going so far as to work out a weighted scoring system (see below) with categories that were the tea equivalent of the talent contest, swimsuit contest, etc.
20% Presence (Does the flavor shine?)
40% Capturing the Spirit of the Holidays
10% Creativity and Originality
30% Overall Experience (Is it enjoyable?)
But I can only wince at so many beauty pageant websites before the hamsters in my head have to jump off their wheels and go urp behind a melted Dali clock. Besides, the more I thought about doing a whole separate flight of every tea for each of those categories, the less I wanted to do it. I think it will be much, much easier (and more entertaining to read!) if I do smaller, simple categories first (like peppermint, holiday spices, pumpkin, etc.) and then possibly use this scoring system for a final round with our favorites from those sections.
The evolving small categories and the teas I have managed to get my hands on so far: