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California Tea House

Recent Tasting Notes

Caffeine-Free/Decaf Traveling Tea Box

I’ve been so busy with work, that I haven’t been able to try as many teas out of this traveling box. This reminds me of the many iterations of Della Terra’s Lemon Chiffon except I found this one slightly less lemony and more creamy. Good, but I think I prefer a bit more lemon flavor.

2 tsp + sweetener

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML
Cheri

I am a fan of citrus flavors in tea, particularly lemon. Creamy and lemony together just sounds heavenly.

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Tea #19 from Considering a new TTB
Normally I don’t start the day off with something caffeine free, but this sounded too good to pass up. You can taste the rooibos in it, but the primary flavor is coffee, which was just what I wanted this morning since I missed my weekly coffee date for the third week in a row. It manages to be sweet and creamy and I bet the addition of milk would only make the flavor more realistic. I may have to consider picking some of this up in the future, I haven’t had a chance to order from California Tea House yet.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
312 tasting notes

I picked up some more of this during BrewTEAlly Sweet‘s stash sale. So, so tasty. I still find that it tastes just like tiramisu. Definitely one to be kept in regular rotation. I also just learned that it’s fantastic iced. It tastes like a latte, without the calories. Good enough to make me rethink my position on teas that taste like coffee.

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Ladyfriend gave a small sample of this to me as part of an AdvenTEA calender and I’m finally getting around to drinking it >.>

This tea is so weird to me. I mean, really really really weird. It’s not my first time having a blueberry herbal tea, which is surprising enough in itself from the girl who claimed to heavily disliked blueberries as recently as two or three years ago (I digress). The really surprising thing is that I’m having something called blueberry SYRUP.

I don’t do fruity syrups period. I love pancakes. I have accepted Pan as my personal lord and satyr and he gifted onto me the way of the pancake. I just don’t do fruity syrups. Sugary sticky sweetness + Diabetes = No. Which is why this tea is so strange to me. It honestly tastes like I’m drinking blueberry syrup. I’m expecting my blood glucose level to run high only it’s unsweetened. Huh.

So bottom line. It’s got definite fruity flavor and it’s sweet without being sweetened. Tasty enough and I probably wouldn’t turn down a cup, but I won’t seek it out for myself.

Flavors: Berries

Preparation
Boiling 7 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Ooooh, I’m so glad I rustled this out the other day. It’s really quite good. It’s a strong creamy lemon flavor with minimal rooibos flavor.

I need to get some more Lemon Chiffon and do a side by side because this is quite good as well.

Happy 500th note to me!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML
__Morgana__

Happy 500! Whoa!

moraiwe

Woo thanks!

boychik

Congrats!

QueenOfTarts

Congrats on 500!

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drank Lemon Drop by California Tea House
1851 tasting notes

This is another ancient tea in my cupboard, and one I mostly keep around for when I’m feeling somewhat ill (lemon, ginger). Fortunately, even though the creaminess of the “lemon drop” and even the flavor of the green tea has faded over the years, the lemon and ginger notes are still pretty strong, perhaps even stronger now than they were before. I apparently brewed this one without checking the temp on my kettle so I brewed it a bit hotter than I normally would, but it didn’t seem to effect it. Guess it’s still a good one to keep around for sick times!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
598 tasting notes

I’ve had a really weird relationship with this tea. I loved it for a while. And then I didn’t care for it al all, and now I’m back to thinking it’s okay.

I don’t necessarily care for the smell. It smells a bit like boozy rooibos, which isn’t all that attractive. It captures the coffee and dark cocoa (and rum) notes of tiramisu really well though, and has a nice creamy mouthfeel. The taste of rooibos tends to creep into each sip, but it never seems to get too cedar chippy. The aftertaste is rooibos, cocoa, and cream.

While I enjoy this one when I drink it, I won’t necessarily be sad when it’s finally sipped down.

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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So I love me some chai. In pretty much every form. This caught my eye as a type I have never tried, and I admit I was surprised. It has a very strong apricot flavor, and is rather tasty. However, much to my surprise, there was very little to no chai spices to be found! No cinnamon taste, which is my favorite! As this stands, it is a tasty flavored black tea. But it would be SO much better if it were spicy, like a chai should be.

Recommended as a flavored black…not recommended as listed.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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sooo not my day today. I was supposed to work from home and now my remote access is having issues so i may very well be going in to work only to have my computer taken away from me for the rest of the day and be unable to get work done anyway lol. I had this earlier in the morning and it’s a sipdown. I need to focus on the teas from the ladies in our BBB box since i know that Terri is itching to send it on to me. heh I enjoyed this one a lot, and it makes me want to check out more of the teas at california tea house. thanks tastybrew!

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thank you Tastybrew! This is another of the BBB Box offerings that came my way a little while ago. This might? be one of the first teas that i’ve had from the California Tea house and it’s a pretty decent tea. I’m not sure that it knocks any of my top contenders out of the running but it’s a really nice sweet, chocolately, slightly malty sort of cup that suits me quite nicely! Thanks for sharing TB!

Courtney

Sounds tasty. I rolled out of bed late, and I think I’ll hunt down something similar in my cupboard.

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aroma is kind of woody and soothing.you can tell by the flavour of the liquor that it was made over a fire kind of roasted. great tea

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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drank Almond Butter by California Tea House
4041 tasting notes

eek! grab bag tea from the BBB and i’ll go with tastybrew on this one. Not a tea for me. The smell of the brewed tea makes me unhappy and the taste isn’t much better. there’s a “waxy” feeling to this one that makes me not want to drink it at all. oh well, another tea tried! haha

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I think this is the last tea I took a small bit out of Momo’s teabox and it’s also a sipdown. There were 2 1/2 teaspoons left so I cringingly used all of it, hoping it didn’t make the cup Bitter-City…

Steep #1 // 2 1/2 min steep
I just cooled the water for around 45 minutes. The description says this is assam mixed with green. It just looks like green tea to me (so does the picture). The flavor isn’t bitter at all! It’s a great combination. The lime and coconut are equal here. The coconut is the sweet creamy kind… think 52Teas big flakey coconut pieces and flavor from ‘Coconut Cream Pie’ (my favorite coconut tea). The lime tastes like actual lime juice, bright and refreshing. I swear I was getting hints of mint, but maybe I’m wrong. Overall, a very nice flavor.

Steep #2 // around 40 min after boiling // 3 min
Another great cup but I think it has lost some of the lime flavor (that is to be expected). I kind of wish I had more of this one! I wish California Tea House didn’t sell their teas in 4 ounce packages as the lowest amount…too many cups of the same tea for me when there are so many teas out there. I’m having fun drinking mostly new-to-me teas lately!! I just realized I had three new teas today! I should work on sipdowns since it seems I like holding onto the last teaspoons of teas.

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Backlog:

Sweet, a very strong vanilla flavor to this one. I am surprised at how much vanilla flavor is in this. I taste more vanilla than honeybush. The nutty tones of the honeybush are a nice pairing with the sweet vanilla tones.

Really nice, a nice treat for later at night when I want a warm, cozy, sweet cuppa but I don’t want caffeine.

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Tea #24 from the Here’s Hoping TTB

I thought this tea had a rather odd smell to it, I’m not sure if it is coming from the flavoring or the yogurt pieces. Once steeped I didn’t notice it nearly as much, I got more of a generic melon scent and flavor. The yogurt pieces never did really melt, although the tea did have a very creamy feel to it, so they do add quite a bit to this blend.

This is another one of those teas that I think I would enjoy much more during warm weather when I could try it iced. As it is, I couldn’t finish the tea hot, I let it cool completely to room temperature. The flavors came out quite a bit more and I found it to be a much more enjoyable cup.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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Here’s one from the BBBB Grab bag, courtesy of TastyBrew.
It’s not a bad tea, & the flavor of almond butter (which we eat regularly at my house) is there. It gets better with a little sweetening, but is not something I’d crave. Still worth trying though!

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Yay!!! The BBBB arrived! TastyBrew & Sil, you ladies are awesome!
So, this is my first pick from the box, & I’m not gonna give it away until Sil gets the box, but TB’s packaging is fun & novel :)
I’m enjoying this cup, it’s very smooth & satisfying. It’s also a very evenly balanced cup, no real highs or lows, but a very tasty tea.

TastyBrew

Ha ha. Glad you liked it! I didn’t love this tea as much as I’d hoped, but I haven’t played around with it too much. If you find the perfect parameters, let me know!

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Tea #7 from Traveling Tea Box C

Unfortunately, I’m sampling things at a much slower pace than I would like. I’ll have to cut my sampling short, but I’ll definitely grab samples of ones I’m interested in.

This one sounds really interesting, and I generally enjoy white teas. Dry, this one smells really weird. Almost a sour smell, but it hasn’t gone bad. No worries, its super tasty! The yogurt isn’t really noticeably there, but I really love the melon (honeydew, I would say) and the white tea together. I think I’ll be keeping this one!

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This was pretty good, but when placed among the pantheon of great similar long-leaved beautiful teas from China with malt and chocolate and smoothness, I don’t think it stands out particularly (we are so spoiled these days!). There are nice subtle floral and clean things going on at the front, but its body isn’t quite as thick and silky smooth as some of those others. Gonna stick with my golden teas from Teavivre and Verdant I think.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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This tea isn’t for me. There is a flavor in it that I can’t place, but I don’t enjoy. Nope, not at all. Glad I only ordered the sample. I’ll throw it in the BBBB grab bag so others can try it, as it seems to get semi decent reviews. Just not from me!

ifjuly

I didn’t like this one either. I haven’t found a CTH I love yet, but I hope to.

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I bought this one to share with the BBBB ladies in the next round and couldn’t wait to try it. I’ve been eyeing it for months and finally caved since I wanted something good to share with the ladies. I brewed this up while I was seasoning my insanely cute new yixing mug. Photo here: http://tastybrewtea.blogspot.com/2013/10/crazy-cute-new-yixing-mug.html

Brewed up, this tea is super chocolaty. And almost like a keemun in its smoke flavor, not bbq flavor, but smokey. I like it and am enjoying it, but am not as blown away as others who have reviewed it. It’s definitely interesting though, very very chocolatey. The keemun notes throw me for a loop though.

El Monstro

I’ve been interested in trying this tea for awhile, the “very very chocolatey” part sounds intriguing.

Terri HarpLady

That mug is adorable!
The tea sounds interesting too!
I can’t believe I haven’t mailed the box out yet, I’ve been so busy.
Sorry about that!
:)

ashmanra

Oh, the painting on that mug is awesome!

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
312 tasting notes

Soooo good. Picking up more coffee flavor than last time. This is a sipdown and that makes me sad. Definitely going on the shopping list, if I ever get my stash low enough to justify buying it :)

Thanks to whatshesaid for the sample!

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