Tea House 278 in Bar Harbor, Maine
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The owners, Lynne & John were welcoming and knowledgeable. They offer a respectable variety of gourmet teas and nice assortment of teaware in a zen inspired shop and tea room. They also offer a lovely zen garden for warmer weather that I was sorry to miss. I enjoyed 7 steepings of their LiShan High Mountain Oolong while my husband walked the shoreline (he’s a coffee drinker). I brought the LiShan as well as a beautiful new tea bowl. I have since ordered from them online, and the order was shipped quickly, even though it was during the holiday rush.



My 38 year commitment with tea began as a morning relationship with simple malty blacks with notes of honey, cacao & spice. I’m still faithful to this ritual, however my tastes have evolved from a bag of leaves into loose leaf varietals with depth and power. After an hour or more, as my morning wake-up ritual with one of my black teas draws to a close, I become rather fickle.

I adore oolong or sheng pu-erh in the afternoon, although I regularly have short flings with white tea or matcha. Green leaf is my least favorite, although I do enjoy it from time to time. I have also recently begun to enjoy shou, after an abysmal first experience.


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