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There was a time when I could drink caffiene any time and still sleep like a baby. Apparently those days are over, so I’m drinking more tisanes in the evening. Since I am not a fan of decaf coffee I have stayed away from decaf teas, but I might give those a try as well. At any rate, I bought a few new herbals and tisanes and gave a couple a try last night.

I really wanted to like this one, but I’m just not feelin’ it. There was a bitterness that tasted like the pith of an orange rather than the peel. The strength of it made my jaw clench. I added a bit of sugar, and, while it did bring out more of the orange flavor, the bitterness was still there. I checked out the ingredients: orange peel, apples, rosehips, hibiscus, cranberry, rooibos, and natural flavor. Maybe it was the cranberry that did me in?

I can’t see myself drinking this one, so if anyone would like to try it let me know. It’s not a bad tisane, it’s just not for me.

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89
drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
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I couldn’t decide between hot chocolate and tea this morning, so I chose this thinking it would be the best of both worlds. Lots of spicy chai and melted chocolate which is exactly what I was looking for.

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89
drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
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Oh, this is really good today. Lots of chocolate but a good amount of spice, too. I added frothed milk and some honey which made it that much nicer. Love a good chai.

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89
drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
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Drama, drama, drama. School hasn’t even started yet (we have one more week), and already there’s been tears from my daughter who’s entering eighth grade. She and her friends are working it out, but I have to say this is the part of school I enjoy the least. Junior high girls trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in is the stuff of nightmares. I remember being there myself, but it’s just as tough to watch your kid navigate the junior high years! All of that to say I’m drinking this tea to give myself a little break before going to see how my daughter and her friends are fairing. As much as possible I’d like them to work it out on their own.

I’m liking this chai more and more. It’s wonderfully sweet and spicy, and while there is chocolate it blends with the tea very well. This works for me since I’m not a big chocolate tea fan. I hope Wegman’s keeps this version of this tea for awhile. I like it much more than their previous version. The spice is much more noticeable now, and there seems to be more of the base tea. That, along with the chunks of chocolate, makes this one a keeper.

Maybe I’ll resteep the leaves before wading back into the fray… :)

JustJames

oof…. our eldest just finished this nonsense and our daughter and son are both starting into it. i keep wondering if i was this crazed in high school? i don’t think so, but hindsight can be fuzzy and remembered differently that what was.

Veronica

I think all of the technology has added to the problem. I had to convince my daughter to stop texting and actually call her friend. A lot of their argument began over a miscommunication while they were rapid fire texting. It’s second nature to them, so it’s difficult to get them to understand that there are much better ways to work out a problem.

Fjellrev

Aww, I hope everything works out with your daughter. Both junior high and high school aren’t very good times, for sure.

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89
drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
1060 tasting notes

So, I’m thinking this tea was reblended. It’s spicier than I remember. That’s not to say that it’s spicy, but it’s definitely more balanced between the tea, spice, and chocolate than what I previously had. The chocolate in this tea is great. The pieces of chocolate are nice and big, so once the tea has steeped there is no doubt that it’s a chocolate chai.

Bumping my rating up a bit. This was quite a bit better than the last time I had this tea.

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89
drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
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I really like this tea, and I can can see it becoming part of the regular rotation in my house. It’s everything a chocolate chai should be: sweet, spicy, chocolate-y, and, when milk is added, smooth and creamy. Yum.

Nik

Wegmans? The…supermarket? They blend their own teas? Or is there a tea seller who goes by the same name?

KeenTeaThyme

Yes – I’d love to know about this as well. I know they sell their own bagged varieties, but if they offer loose tea…why not in my local shop?! :) Please let us know!

Veronica

Yep, they sell loose tea at my Wegman’s. I don’t know if it is their blend or if they buy it from another company. If I had to guess I’d say it’s the latter. The store has its own little tea alcove, so it’s like a little tea shop within the store (except it’s all self serve).

Nik

Yep, I’ve seen the alcove, it’s one of the things that made me fall in love with the place. :D But I had no idea that they sold loose tea under their own name (whether they blend it or not). Thanks for the info! I’ll have to check it out the next time I do my shopping. I think that Wegmans is the only thing I’ll miss when I leave Jersey. Best supermarket ever.

Veronica

Nik, which Wegman’s do you go to? I usually go to the one in Cherry Hill.

Nik

Oh wow, no way. You mean the one on 70, off Haddonfield Rd? Because that’s my Wegmans, too!

Veronica

That’s the one! It’s a small world. :) I love shopping there. It doesn’t feel like a chore, and I used to hate grocery shopping.

Nik

Wow, that’s pretty incredible. Whodathunk? =) I love it, too. Since discovering Wegmans, I hardly ever have to go to Whole Foods. And their produce is no worse than the other place near me that’s supposed to be direct from farmers or whatever. It’s Whole Foods, farmer’s market and regular supermarket in one. =) I like coming back from each trip with at least one new-to-me thing to try.

Veronica

My only problem is that I used to have one grocery budget. Now I have a budget for various places within the store (cheese counter, tea, olive bar, etc…). If I have to have a problem I guess that’s a good one to have!

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drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
1060 tasting notes

I love the smell of this. The smell is strong (really, really strong) and reminds me of a chocolate cinnamon cake that I used to enjoy at a little coffee house in Utah. The taste is significantly more mellow than the smell of the dry tea, but it is still good. Warm and spicy with with taste of chocolate from start to finish.

This tea might stop me from snitching my some of my son’s M&Ms. Maybe.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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74

The tea was very faintly colored, and the scent/taste was delicate as well. I didn’t dislike it, but I don’t think it’s something I would drink on the regular.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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drank Dragonwell by Wegmans
10 tasting notes

Somewhat decent green tea…not particularly complex and a slight oily taste. I think I’ll keep looking for my dream green tea.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 45 sec

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drank Sweet Pu-erh by Wegmans
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I previously tried Wegmans loose-leaf ginger orange puerh and hated it, but this time I think I’ve found a puerh winner! No strong fishy taste or smell at all. Most of the nose/taste is roasted barley with slight undertones of hey and vegetal. No “sweet” taste at all. Overall, a delicious and comforting cup, but with subtle nuances that make it a delight.

I will try subsequent steeps to see how the flavors evolve.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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This is a beautiful looking dry tea. Vibrant green leaves accented with soft pink cherry blossom petals. I was expecting something an equally vibrant cup, but that didn’t happen. Maybe I should have steeped longer to draw out more flavor, but there was virtually no flavor in the cup except for some very mild green tea notes. Bland and blah overall.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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First Infusion (I will try numerous): On the nose, a very distinct “barnyard” and “sea water” scent with hints of fruit. The taste is lighter and fruitier with ginger mildly in the background. I bought only .02lb worth, and right now I’m not sure I’d buy more.

UPDATE: After subsequent steeps, the aroma and flavor remained the same. And I have decided that the mixture of wet hay and fishiness is just not appetizing to me. I’ll try some other pu-erh, but this was not a winner for me.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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drank Sakura Sencha by Wegmans
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Ew. Maybe I just don’t like green tea or maybe I haven’t found the right one. Couldn’t really pick up any of what the sakura was supposed to add, just vegetal/grassy/something that I didn’t care for.

Wegmans teas are very hit or miss and I think this is a miss. I have a bit left still, so I will give it a second chance with a hot brew though.

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
Azzrian

Sakura Sencha is one of my favorite greens. Sakura means Cherry and it is supposed to taste LIGHTLY like cherry / cherry blossom.

Kiaharii

I think I’ll have to find a better one to try then.

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Sweet Pu-erh Tea is a delightful tea from Yunnan Province in China. Fermented after drying and rolling, they are often (and traditionally) sold compressed bricks. The kind I got to try was a Tuocha Bowl, molded into the shape of a bowl and thought to have originated along the Tuo River trade routes. The color is similar to that of an Oolong tea but the taste is closer to that of a Green Tea. It reminded me of a very rich Genmai Cha. The type I had is a raw Pu-erh, meaning it has a sweet and earthy aftertaste from the fermentation. I would not rate this as one of my favorite teas, but it is a really unusual one

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Lapsang Souchong Black Tea, an unusual and bold tea from the Fujian province of China. Smoked over pine fires in bamboo baskets this tea captures the taste of the fire. It is a perfect tea for cold winter nights…the taste reminded me of warm fires, high mountains, and clear cold skies. You can taste the full spectrum of tea with this type…the warmth from the sun, the aging leaf, and the smoke from the fire in every swallow. It is one of the most intense tea flavors I have come across. Tastes good black and sweetened, but tastes like stale ashes if left to cool too long

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C

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drank Genmaimatcha by Wegmans
172 tasting notes

This was my first time trying genmaicha tea, and I must say that I quite enjoyed it. At first, I was a little put off by it, it was just so unfamiliar and new to me and I thought it was a little strange at first. But I didn’t give up on it and as I kept sipping and familiarizing myself with the unique flavor, I grew to really enjoy it. I have no previous experience with any kind of genmaicha so I’m sure I’m not a good judge of what a “good” matcha iri genmaicha should be, and I’m sure there are much better choices out there than Wegmans, but I found it very comforting on this cold winter’s night.

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drank Sakura Sencha by Wegmans
172 tasting notes

Picked some of this up when I saw it at Wegman’s today. They don’t identify the brand on the label, but I’ve been told that most of the bulk green teas Wegman’s carries are from Ito En. Well, this is my first ever sakura sencha and it was extremely bland and disappointing. To me, it just tasted like what the third or fourth steeping of a normal sencha would taste like. Very bland and watery. I didn’t taste any of the sakura blossoms, and the tea itself had very little flavor to speak of. I’m glad I only bought about two dollars worth of this stuff, stay away.

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drank Cinnamon Swirl by Wegmans
230 tasting notes

This came from the bulk bins of my local Wegmans. Wegmans has a GREAT tea selection for a grocery store. They have everything from lower end brands to lose leaf bulk tea you can measure out yourself. I will be adding Wegmans Northboro to the Places tab shortly.

This tea is one of their seasonal offerings. This is a good mix of cinnamon and black tea base. The cinnamon is more subtle then in some other teas that I have sampled. Not to astringent or bitter. This is a great tea for anyone who wants to try a cinnamon tea but does not want to feel like they are drinking cinnamon candy!

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80

I am enjoying this tea. It’s just an honest, reliable tea that gives me the kick I need to get myself going. I have a definite caffeine buzz after two cups, and on a Monday morning that’s a good thing.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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80

My morning pot of tea. I have avoided Irish Breakfast teas to this point because I thought I would find them too strong. For this blend at least I was definitely wrong. The tea is strong, but not bitter. There is a noticeable smokey taste at the end that I rather enjoyed, but also a smoothness. Highly enjoyable.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Just Tea - Earl Grey by Wegmans
1060 tasting notes

I like Earl Grey, but I am not a fan of the tea when the Bergamot is over the top. This tea is well balanced for me. I smelled the Bergamot right away as it was steeping, and the citrus flavor was there at the first sip. It did not, however, overpower the black tea. As the tea cooled the citrus flavor began to fade. This might bother some people, but I did not mind. Over all, a decent cup.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 30 sec

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A slightly smoother variant on the supermarket chain’s standard bagged Earl Grey tea. Respectable and perfectly drinkable, but not entirely worth the premium price for the organic label.

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