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A friend told me about a tea house not too far from me (close enough for the occasional visit at least). It’s an adorable little shop called The Tea Place, and after trying several of their teas I can say I will be a regular customer.

This blueberry green is my daughter’s current favorite, and I must agree that it’s really good. The tea is slightly sweet with a mellow blueberry flavor. The taste is of fresh blueberries, not an artificial flavor or blueberry muffins. There is also a grassy note from the green tea which mixes really well with the blueberry. The flavors definitely compliment each other. I do like this tea more when it is hot than as it cools, but that could be because it’s so cold here right now.

Anyway, this is good. Sure to be a pantry staple.

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drank Irish Breakfast by Wegmans
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I do not have enough basic black teas in my cupboard. In fact, until I bought this I had no unflavored black tea in my house. That had to be fixed! I’m fortunate to have a grocery store with a good tea selection, so I picked up a couple of ounces of this on my last shopping trip.

This is a good Irish Breakfast. A strong Assam with lots of maltiness. There was a lemon-y note as the tea cooled. I really enjoyed it, and it makes me wonder how the tea would taste cold brewed. I didn’t add milk to my cup, but I’m guessing it would make a nice addition. Overall, a really nice cup, and something I’ll probably reach for on a regular basis as a morning tea.


I really like the wegmans tea selection!! I love being able to scoop my tea into the bulk bags! What is your favorite wegmans loose leaf?


I do, too. My favorite so far has been the chocolate chai. So yummy. Next time I think I’m going to pick up the jasmine pearls. What I really love is being able to buy as little as I want, so sampling is easy.


Hi Veronica – is this their organic version? I was just going to post a rating for that but didn’t want to duplicate if it’s the same tea —


Jude – I just checked my label and it doesn’t appear to be organic. I wish it were! I’ll have to ask the next time I’m shopping and see if they’ll start carrying the organic version

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drank Boston Blend by Harney & Sons
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I am loving this this morning! It’s all amaretto with the tartness of the cranberry coming at the end of the sip. Yum. This is definitely taking the edge off this insanely cold weather we’re having.

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drank Candy Cane by Della Terra Teas
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Vanilla and mint, mmmmmmm. This is just what I need this morning. Most holiday teas I try to finish before the end of February, (when my spring fever usually kicks in full force) but this one is so nice that I know I’ll be sad to see it go.

Right now I’m going to curl up on the couch and watch my kitty freak out at the snow we got last night. She keeps running from window to window trying to figure out what is going on. It’s incredibly amusing. :)

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This is really lovely. The smell and taste is mainly jasmine, but there is a crisp, fresh bite from the green tea that keeps the tea from being only floral. I’ve never had a jasmine tea quite like this, but I’m loving it.

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drank Pu-erh Ginger by Rishi Tea
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Until now I’ve shied away from pu-erhs because I kept reading about some having a fishy smell and/or taste. The idea of a fishy tasting tea was enough to roll my stomach. Then, last night a friend gifted me this tea. I was really tentative about trying it, but now I’m so glad I did. I think this tea mixed with the ginger was just what I needed to step out of my comfort zone.

This is a great winter tea. The pu-erh is earthy and thick (in a good way), and the ginger gives an immediate warmth while leaving a tiny bit of heat in the back of the throat. It’s perfect for chasing away the chills. While I am a huge ginger fan I would like to try a pu-erh on its own. The earthy flavor was intriguing, and I think it would be nice to sit with just that flavor for a while.

So here’s to trying new things and thoughtful gifts from sweet friends. Now I’m off to find my next pu-erh fix. :)


Not all puerh is fishy! If you get one that is, you can usually air it out for a couple of days and get rid of the smell. But lots of puerh teas are earthy, mushrooms, cedar-y, etc. they can be so different! Glad you liked this one.


I’ll have to remember the tip about airing it out if needed because I am definitely going to try more pu-erh. Thanks!


I’ve had LOTS of puerh and only a couple that didn’t taste too good. Regular tea’s have disappointed me more than puerh’s with sour artificial flavors. So the point is, look under the puerh tab at which puerh’s are favorites of the people here on Steepster and try some or ask people who like Puerh (ashmanra, Amy Oh, Indigobloom, mrmopar, or me for instance).

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I haven’t had this one in a while, so the woodsy note caught me off guard at first. The fruit comes at the end of the sip which is lovely, but the initial taste is of bark or fruit wood (also nice!). This is a great morning cup to help chase away the winter blahs.

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Made this tonight and added sugar and milk as an added treat. It was really nice. I still don’t get a lot of caramel, but the tea itself is so good that the subtle caramel flavor works for me.

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drank Ginger Snap by Della Terra Teas
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Rooibos is very hit or miss with me, and this is, unfortunately, a miss. It was too astringent, and while the ginger made an appearance it was overshadowed by the rooibos. I caught hints of sweetness that could be the fruit, but it was only hints. Overall it was just meh.

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I’ve really enjoyed this tea and will be reordering soon. I’ve tried a few other Irish breakfast teas, but this is my favorite so far.

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Tea obsessed since 2010.

Some of my favorite tea companies are:

- Whispering Pines Tea Company
- Zen Tea Life
- Harney and Sons
- 52 Teas
- Teavivre

My Rating System:

100-95 = Teas I actively seek out and keep in my pantry. If you are a guest in my home chances are I will offer you one or all of these teas. Also, if/when these teas are discontinued I openly mourn their loss.

94-85 = Teas I truly like, often have in my pantry, and sometimes restock. These are my variety-is-the-spice-of-life teas.

84-75 = They’re good teas and I enjoy drinking them on occasion.

74-65 = These teas are ok, but not really my thing.

64-55 = meh.

54-45 = I will if I have no other option.

44 and below = Coffee, please.


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