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drank Wuyi Oolong by Wegmans
5 tasting notes

Lovely liquor, scent, taste—this tea is perfect. I can drink it with or without milk, with or without sweetener—I prefer actually plain. It’s that good. Followed the recommended steeping time—perfection.

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I tried it once, and it’s the smell that puts me off. It smells exactly like swampwater. I did a little research and tried to give it another shot—I rinsed the leaves as instructed, even discarded my first infusion and infused it once again—to no avail. This tea, while it may be good for you, smells awful. I simply cannot enjoy it.

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Very nice, short steep time. Flavor is very mild and with a touch of the Yuzu citrus.

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76
drank Gunpowder Green by Wegmans
5 tasting notes

I enjoyed this tea very much. Infused for the recommended time of 3-4 min. Nice depth and taste.

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This is another tea I picked up in my recent Wegmans haul. It’s very reasonably priced ($39.99 per pound) and the tin that was at my local store had extra large leaves; not broken up dusty leaves. One of the things I like about the bulk tea is that you can be extra certain that your leaves are in peak condition!

Anyway, it’s super light so even filling up a good third of the bag, only resulted in just under an ounce which cost… $1 – pretty awesome!

This is a nice slightly buttery white tea with hints of peach. You definitely get peach in the aroma and a little in the taste, a hint of sweetener brought it out a bit more. It’s not bitter though I did err on the side of caution and only used 175 degree water. Really really nice and I can see myself repurchasing when I finish the sample I have.

It works to about the same price as the Adagio version but you don’t have to buy boatloads of tea to get free shipping, a major plus!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 4 min, 0 sec 3 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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drank Chocolate Chai by Wegmans
339 tasting notes

So in a moment of procrastination, I stepped foot in the closest Wegmans to my house (about 30 miles). I haven’t been to Wegmans since college and now I have an appreciation for the vast tea display and I have some disposable income. This is a dangerous combination.

I love that it’s kind of like do your own Davidstea. There are tins on a wall, a little shelf with a scale, scoops and brown resealable bags and you can buy as little or as much as you’d like.

This immediately caught my eye and when I opened up the tin, it looked a lot like Davidstea Stormy Night. It smelled a lot like Davidstea Stormy Night, the ingredients looked a lot like Davidstea Stormy Night. Could it be a replacement for my discontinued tea?!

It’s definitely not the same tea as the chocolate chunks are different, but it does taste almost exactly the same, if not spot on. They sell it for $39.99 per pound, about $2.50 per ounce. Not as cheap as the price I paid for Stormy Night ($14.50 when Davidstea was running that crazy sale last summer for 8.8oz/250 grams) but the fact that it’s not discontinued and doesn’t have to be shipped from Canada (if it ever came back) is certainly a plus. Also, I somehow doubt I’d manage to get it for $14.50 again.

So if you liked Stormy Night and you have a Wegmans nearby or someone that is willing to ship it (raises hand), I highly recommend Wegmans Chocolate Chai.

edit
After coming home, I realized there is another location a mere 8 miles away, doof!

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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76
drank Tomo Sencha by Wegmans
2 tasting notes

First loose leaf tea (and therefore first Sencha) that I’ve tried. Pleasant, light taste with nice hints of grass. Very inexpensive

Flavors: Grass

Preparation
1 tsp

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This White Tea is a great bargain! It steeps a bit darker and has a bit more flavor than silver needle tea. The quality seems very good and is also organic. It’s a great choice when your running low on the top shelf silver needle teas but still want a white tea

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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drank Coconut Oasis by Wegmans
815 tasting notes

Thank you to whoever sent me this! I gave up trying to keep track of who sent me what because they just get mixed together D:
The aroma is soft with light coconut notes. Mmm.. The white tea is surprisingly the dominate flavor. Sweet and slightly fruity. The coconut is in the aftertaste and kind of lingers on the tongue. It’s a very light tasting tea but it reminds me of relaxing on a beach with the hot sun and a small tropical breeze. This tea is what the breeze would smell like.

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Thanks to RogersCK for including this in my Secret Pumpkin package. I love that supermarket brand loose leaf exists, but I don’t enjoy this particular loose leaf. The jasmine flavor is just very chemical and fake. It tastes about the same cold as hot. So, meh.

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(Review of the decaffeinated variety) I can barely taste the tea, and I usually prepare this tea with reasonably hot water. Normally, decaffeinated varieties pale in great comparison with the caffeinated versions of the teas-known for being much more robust in taste.
Anyways, I think all the Wegman’s Just Teas are fairly good, as long as you’re not buying the decaffeinated versions.

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Today has been a chill day, and I do not just mean it is freezing cold and we are under a Winter Storm Warning (oh please, please let us get snow!!) Today I have spent mostly relaxing before the inevitable onslaught of holiday cheer. I spent the day working on a massive castle in Minecraft, so far I have the outer walls and part of the turrets complete, it will be my biggest build yet. Plus my shoulders and wrists needed a break before I get back to finishing all the crafty gifts I need to make. All this holiday business puts me in the mood for Spring, so it is time for a Springtime tea from the annals of my notebook.

Sakura Sencha from Wegman’s Food Market (originally by Ito En) is a Japanese treat evoking the delicate blossoms of spring, blending Kagoshima Sencha and Sakura blossoms. The aroma is tart and sweet with an undertone of fairly mild vegetal and a touch of grass. The sakura blossoms add a gentle floral tone with a touch of citrusy fruit that reminds me a bit of dragonfruit. The aroma is very much so reminiscent of springtime blending new growth and flower blossoms, overall the aroma is very delicate.

Once brewed the aroma, while still being fairly delicate, increases the intensity. Not only is there the floral aroma but now I notice notes of cherries and freshly mown hay and it blends wonderfully with the aroma of the sakura blossoms. The liquid has a sweet, fruity aroma with undertones of freshly mown hay and a hint of almonds. The aroma is still delicate and fairly enticing.

The flavor is sweet and floral with notes of almond and cherries. The mouthfeel is smooth and the aftertaste is that of fresh grass. This is probably one of the few times I will offer advice like this, but do not follow the directions on the website/tin. I found that if I brewed the tea at 175 degrees it turned out a bit bitter, very much so the flavor of a tea brewed at the wrong temperature. I brewed the tea again at a lower temperature (150 degrees) and all the bitterness was gone and I was left with a smooth and pleasant tea. As the tea cools the sakura flavor becomes stronger and the tea becomes sweeter, it is a wonderful reminder of springtime and perfect for a relaxing sipping experience.

I should note there is a slight chance that I might miss a few days posting a blog in the upcoming week. There are a lot of very social events I am supposed to attend and being an introvert these things kinda wear me out. Hopefully I will have a blog out everyday but if not, now you know why. Happy Holidays!

For blog and photos: http://ramblingbutterflythoughts.blogspot.com/2013/12/wegmans-food-market-sakura-sencha-tea.html

Nicole

Your reviews are always so lovely & descriptive. I know I miss a whole lot in most teas so I feel I can taste vicariously through you! :)

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drank Genmaimatcha by Wegmans
29 tasting notes

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Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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drank Ti Guan Yin by Wegmans
29 tasting notes

I bought this tea because I was running low on my fresh TGY from Verdant, and wanted to find one I could use as a daily drinker (I love Verdant’s, but unless it’s on sale like when I bought it I tend to only drink it occasionally.) I brewed this at the same time and temperature I give all my oolongs when I’m first trying them, ~185 for 30 seconds, increasing by 5 seconds each steep. This tea is not bad, though not as subtle and complex as Verdant’s. Its floral taste is a bit stronger than I imagined, so I might tone down the steeping time next time I brew this. It seems to be a decent daily drinker, but will by no means replace Verdant’s as my fancier TGY.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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85
drank Organic Darjeeling by Wegmans
896 tasting notes

I’ve been kind of ho-hum about this tea, but I have to say that today’s cup was really nice. There were the floral notes with the muscatel flavor following at the end of the sip which had been my normal experience with this tea. Today, however, there was also a silkiness to the tea that made it so delightful.

I think the reason for the change is that my water was cooler than usual when I poured it onto the leaves. I’d turned my kettle off and then was distracted for five or so minutes before I poured the water and began brewing the tea. A very serendipitous turn of events that had me practically swooning over my cup.

I may tape a note to my tea tin reminding me to always let the water cool for a few minutes for this particular tea. Come to think of it, I may need to go brew myself another cup right now just to make sure… you know… for science. ;-)

Cheri

For SCIENCE!

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drank Organic Darjeeling by Wegmans
896 tasting notes

My morning cup. Nice, easy to sip, and it’s keeping me warm. While this isn’t my favorite Darjeeling I’d never turn down a cup if it was offered. I find this has a lot more floral notes and far fewer toasty ones than other Darjeeling blends making it taste more like a first flush Darjeeling though I doubt it is.

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drank Organic Darjeeling by Wegmans
896 tasting notes

I wrote a note for this, but Steepster ate it. sigh Short version…

This is a very nice tea. Lovely amber color with the smell of dry grass and flowers. The muscatel flavor is faint at first, but it becomes more pronounced as the tea cools. It’s crisp and clean at the finish which I found really refreshing. The second stepping was much like the first with perhaps a bit more of a grapey flavor throughout the sip.

I’m super happy Wegman’s is carrying this! I think this is the tea I’ll serve with dessert at our Thanksgiving meal.

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Wegmans
29 tasting notes

I was somewhat excited to see that my local Wegman’s had more many more oolongs than last time I went. I had some moderate success with my previous teas there and as a lover of oolongs decided to try out their Wuyi oolong. I brewed this gungfu style. I would like to note that this tea was extremely inexpensive. The flavor of the tea was dry and somewhat earthy, not exactly what I was expecting. It was nothing phenomenal, but not bad. There was very little mouthfeel. I brewed this 4 times before I stopped. I probably could have gotten more steeps out of it, but I was not inspired to continue. This may brew well western style. This is by no means a bad tea, especially for its price. I may use this as a daily drinker, or if I ever get into the habit, one that I drink in the morning.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 0 min, 30 sec

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drank Wuyi Oolong by Wegmans
29 tasting notes

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drank Ti Guan Yin by Wegmans
5 tasting notes

Two steepings, 4 min each, 190 deg F. First steeping tasted nutty, second steep tasted earthy and more full bodied. Steepings after the second yielded tasteless results. This is a dark Ti Guan Yin that needs a lot of room for leaves to unfurl.

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drank Lavender Sencha by Wegmans
218 tasting notes

Well, this is pretty basic and somewhat uninspiring stuff but I don’t want to drink anything awesome or, god forbid, new, as I wouldn’t be able to taste it right today anyway.

The base tea is pretty astringent and I don’t get very much of the vegetal notes that are usually in a sencha. I am guessing they are covered up by lavender. It is not, all in all, an unpleasant combination. The lavender is either that strong or I am regaining the sense of taste again ;D Because I can most definitely taste it… and taste it.

I am kind of indifferent to the flavor (or scent) of lavender but I have noticed that it does relax me. Perhaps I should look for some awesome herbal bleds with lavender in it?

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Masala Chai by Wegmans
218 tasting notes

It is a very satisfactory chai, although kind of generic… It has just enough spice to it to call it ‘chai’ but not much of anything else to make it stand out. Still pretty good for a grocery store acquisition. I just realized though that this is the only loose chai that I have right now in my ‘cupboard’ (countertop of a dishwasher more like it). An excuse for some tea shopping… NO!

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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