Howdy from a former Queens and mid Hudson Valley-er.
Do you have any experience in tea? Oolongs are always a favourite, and can come reasonably priced. They usually carry spicy, grainy, roasted sweetness in the flavour profiling. If you want more of a foresty, soily taste, then some pu-erhs would be good. If you want that, but also with a hint of sweetness, and almost berry like taste, then a shu pu-erh would be good.
It all depends on what you want. Additionally, pu-erh is difficult to screw up. Most Oolongs are pretty forgiving as well. It's when you start getting into your green and white teas that one must pay a little more attention, as mere seconds on an over-brew can skew profiles.
Welcome to the site - hope to see you around.
Peace, love, and tea -