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Green Chai from Wegmans

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Dec. 7th, 2015

Green chai is always a tricky one for me; I think of masala chai as being a blending tradition that is inextricably woven into the flavor profile of strong black teas. While traditional masala chai goes well with milk, I think of green tea as not going well with milk at all. I never know what to expect when I try a g...

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Chocolate Chai from Wegmans

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: Blend

67 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 10th, 2014

A weak chai blend which was passable, but not particularly chocolatey, slightly overpriced, and which I thought tasted better with milk.

I tried brewing with and without milk, and I thought it was much better with milk, but I recommend a lowish proportion (1tsp / cup) but it still tastes a little weak. Flavor is sm...

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Houjicha Roasted Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Hojicha – Region: Japan

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Oct. 2nd, 2013

A surprisingly good-quality, but expensive hojicha with a light roast, woody aroma, and a sweet flavor.

Dry leaf has a lighter color and a "greener" character to the aroma...only a light roast, and moderate woody aroma, tones of malt or grain, and even a hint of the grassiness characteristic of sencha and other unro...

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Organic Silver Needle White Tea from Wegmans

Style: Silver Needle – Region: China

53 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Sep. 13th, 2013

I'm not a huge fan of silver needle; I thought this was above average for its type but I would still strongly prefer other teas, even other white teas, both because of price and characteristics of the cup.

Dry leaf, consisting exclusively of whole, intact tips, has a melony aroma with a slight hint of caramel, but i...

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Hibiscus Herbal Tea from Wegmans

Style: Hibiscus Tea – Region: China

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jul. 10th, 2013

This is among my favorite batches of hibiscus yet, but it's pricey for what it is. I only enjoy hibiscus tea iced, not hot, and I usually brew it weak and drink it straight (unsweetened).

Dry leaf has a very strong aroma of jam or cooked fruit, which I don't like, but I find this aroma diminished upon brewing.

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Organic Jasmine Pearls Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Jasmine Pearls – Region: China

40 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 24th, 2013

Like the other Wegmans jasmine teas, I found the dry leaf to have a cloying, bubble gum like sweetness.

Unfortunately, I found this aroma persisted into the brewed cup more than I'd like. Something about it screams artificial. I don't know if this tea is naturally scented but it's one of the less natural Jasmine v...

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Lavender Sencha Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Flavored Green Tea – Region: Japan

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 3/5
Jun. 12th, 2013

This one was a bit odd.

The combination of lavender and sencha, oddly produces a smell similar to fruit loops. It's also a smell I associate a bit with soap or shampoo.

I brewed briefly as recommended (1 minute), and the tea was a bit weak for my tastes. I tried steeping 3 minutes, because this brings out more ...

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Organic Jasmine Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Jasmine Tea – Region: China

47 / 100 Aroma: 3/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 2/5
Jun. 11th, 2013

Dry leaf has a very fruity aroma that I'm not terribly fond of, almost suggestive of bubble-gum. I find it cloying.

Upon brewing, the aroma is similar, slightly less offensive...less floral and more fruity than normal for jasmine, and balanced by some sort of edgy herbaceous undertones of the base tea. Very smooth...

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Organic Jasmine Silver Needle Tea from Wegmans

Style: Jasmine Silver Needle – Region: China

73 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
May. 25th, 2013

This one was surprisingly different from the pure, unscented silver needles from Wegmans. I liked it much more. Compared to other jasmine silver needles I tried in the past but did not review, this one was much more aromatic.

The dry leaf smells very strongly like wintergreen, almost suggestive of bubblegum. I fo...

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Ureshino Tama Ryokucha from Wegmans

Style: Tamaryokucha (Guricha) – Region: Saga, Japan

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Apr. 29th, 2013

A high-end Japanese green tea, which I found infuses fast and is tricky to steep more than once. The first cup is excellent, but I was a bit let down overall, especially with how tough this one is to brew multiple times.

This tea was so similar to Wegmans' Okumidori Sencha in color and smell (and was the same exact...

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Sencha/Matcha Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 17th, 2013

A very pleasant and affordable green tea. Strangely potent, given how mild tasting it is.

I tend not to like these matcha-infused teas, preferring either to drink actual matcha or just plain green tea, but this one was better than some of them. I also found that more of the matcha character came out in this tea th...

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Bancha Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Bancha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 11th, 2013

This was a surprisingly good tea, the best broken-leaf bancha I have ever tried. Finely broken leaf looks unimpressive, and has a mild grainy aroma, like porridge or grits.

I brewed considerably longer than Wegmans recommended--their 1-1.5 minute guide seemed on the short side. This produced a mild, smooth cup tha...

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Organic Pai Mu Tan White Peony from Wegmans

Style: White Peony Tea – Region: China

87 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Apr. 3rd, 2013

A top-notch white tea for a very low price: $30 a pound for a white tea that is organic certified and is among the better examples of this style of tea that I've sampled.

I found this tea was on the light side for pai mu tan or white peony tea, both by color and flavor, but it was still pleasant and flavorful.

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Dragon Well Loose Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Dragon Well (Long Jing) – Region: Zhejiang, China

77 / 100 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 29th, 2013

I've sampled a bunch of dragonwell lately and most of it either falls really solidly into the legit zone, or is unrecognizable as its style and not particularly pleasant to drink. This one is somewhere in between. I'd say it's legit but among the lower-end of the teas I'd label in this fashion. Think enjoyable, but ...

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Okumidori Sencha from Wegmans

Style: Sencha – Region: Japan

77 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 15th, 2013

A good sencha that infuses very quickly. In my opinion, much better than Wegman's Tomo Sencha, although pricier.

The dry leaf has a very dark green color and fine texture, and is intensely aromatic: highly vegetal and suggestive of sweetness and umami.

Brews a surprisingly clear and pale cup, especially relative...

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Genmaimatcha Green Tea from Wegmans

Style: Genmaicha – Region: Japan

60 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 13th, 2013

A pleasant, perfectly drinkable tea that is dirt cheap. Although I didn't think it was great, it had few objectionable qualities and I actually think it is a pretty good buy. It seems to have much more toasted rice than tea leaf, and has a bitterness and sourness that I normally don't encounter in either genmaicha or...

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Organic English Breakfast from Wegmans

Style: English Breakfast – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 13th, 2013

This is a really standard but high-quality black tea. It doesn't taste like an English Breakfast blend though; it's not particularly malty or robust. I found it a bit boring.

Brews an opaque orangish-brown. Aroma is fruity and reminiscent of a typical Ceylon black tea of decent quality. Flavor is moderately stro...

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Organic Earl Grey from Wegmans

Style: Earl Grey Tea – Region: Blend

63 / 100 Aroma: 6/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 8th, 2013

This Earl Grey has a classic British character.

The dry leaf is very aromatic, with a strong, fresh smell.

Upon brewing, steeping for 6 minutes, this produces a rich cup with moderate strength of flavor and a moderate body. The Bergamot is bold but not overpowering, and the base tea has somewhat of a warming qua...

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Assam Organic Tea from Wegmans

Style: Assam – Region: India

73 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 6th, 2013

I find Wegmans black teas to be on the mellow side, but have superior aromatic qualities. This was a really enjoyable tea that is among the strongest of their black teas. Classic Assam character.

Dry leaf is not terribly aromatic, and smells like a typical black tea.

The brewed cup has a much more pleasing arom...

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Organic Irish Breakfast Black Tea from Wegmans

Style: Irish Breakfast – Region: India

78 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
Mar. 5th, 2013

A good tea, but not really true to the Irish Breakfast style. Pricey, and requires a lot of leaf to brew strong enough for me.

Dry leaf has a slightly malty and strongly fruity aroma, and a heterogeneous color showing a lot of tips, which look dusty beige in color.

This is the smoothest Irish Breakfast tea I've ...

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Organic Masala Chai Black Tea from Wegmans

Style: Chai / Spiced Tea – Region: India

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Mar. 1st, 2013

A good masala chai blend, but not among the best I've tried.

This tea looks to contain a nice blend of dry spices. I see a lot of cardamom pods, which is a good sign.

I thought the base tea was a little on the weak side. In spite of being broken into small pieces, it didn't seem to impart much strength to the c...

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Ceylon Breakfast Black Tea from Wegmans

Style: Ceylon Black Tea – Region: Sri Lanka / Ceylon

70 / 100 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
Feb. 27th, 2013

Dry leaf is unimpressive looking, relatively small broken pieces of orthodox black tea, but to me it has the most pleasing aroma of all of Wegmans offerings of pure black teas. Unfortunately, the brewed cup did not taste quite as amazing as the dry leaf smelled.

Upon brewing (4 minutes as recommended), produces a r...

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Yerba Mate, Loose from Wegmans

Style: Yerba Mat̩ РRegion: ?????

37 / 100 Aroma: 4/10 Flavor: 2/5 Value: 1/5
Jan. 8th, 2013

I was not impressed by this Yerba mate. I'm no expert in Mate but I've tried a variety of sources, green and roasted, and this one is probably the worst I've tried of all the green yerba mate I've sampled.

The dry leaf is very finely broken, full of fine dust, which makes brewing quite messy. Not particularly arom...

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Wuyi Organic Oolong Tea from Wegmans

Style: Oolong Tea – Region: Wuyi, Fujian, China

80 / 100 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 5/5
Aug. 9th, 2011

This is the same style as Rishi's Wuyi Qi Lan, and the two teas are very similar. I suspect that this is also a Qi Lan but I am not experienced enough with Wuyi teas to say for sure.

Rishi's Qi Lan (Wuyi oolong) is sweeter, thicker, more syrupy. This tea is more dry. Both teas have a pleasant hint of smokiness. ...

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Rooibos from Wegmans

Style: Rooibos – Region: South Africa

57 / 100 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 3/5 Value: 4/5
Apr. 13th, 2011

Aroma somewhat earthy, very woody, only very slightly fruity. Flavor smooth, not even a trace of bitterness, and only minimally sour, but moderately astringent, leaving a bit of a dry aftertaste. I really notice wood more than anything else...tastes a lot like tree bark.

I've had better rooibos and I've had worse....

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