California Tea House

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The best way I can put it is full flavored while being the smoothest, gentlest white I believe I’ve had. I really like the fact that it’s organic as well.

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Wow. Probably the best Matcha I’ve had and I’ve had a few. My only complaint is it wasn’t easy to find. I’m happy I know where you are now!

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Another one of my favorite teas. I keep exploring other greens then coming back to White Monkey Paw (Bai Mao Hou). I like to see if there’s any greens that I could possibly like more, but White Monkey Paw has a smoothness that seems to be innate and just not duplicated by other green prep methods. I’ve had the White Monkey at Adagio which was excellent as well, but I’m not sure if it’s the original source or what, but the White Monkey Paw from California Tea House is by far my favorite.

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Pass the Stash

I love waking up my dog by placing a bit of food in front of her nose. Watching her nose twitch and then her surprised happy face when she finally wakes up to eat is is just so adorable. Someone should make a human alarm like this. Waking up would be so much easier if someone stuck pancakes under my nose every morning:P

This tea smells, looks , and tastes like a white tea. The melon flavor is really light— I would definitely say that it is honeydew. I’m not detecting any yogurt flavoring but it is a tad creamy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Angrboda

My father once, on a family trip, woke my uncle up by dangling a piece of freshly fried bacon under his nose, (Said uncle loves bacon) and as soon as he was awake stuffed it in his mouth. My uncle says it’s the weirdest way he’s ever been woken up in his life. Pleasant, but weird. :)

albertocanfly

hahaha, oh my goodness! That is absolutely amazing!!! :D I bet you he was a happy camper for the rest of the day!

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I like teas that stand out from the crowd, but not just if they are different. They have to be different with a VERY pleasing twist. This is a malty, hearty black tea that I can drink every day.

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I read another recent review on this that made me pull my sample out to try. I am sorry to say it just doesn’t appeal to me. It tastes so GREEN. I really don’t like my teas to taste too green. This is probably due to an undeveloped palate, I’m willing to concede. I’m having a hard time making it through the cup. I am sure that nothing is wrong with it, it’s just not a good match for me.

donkeytiara

I’m with you currently on the green thing…. I don’t want my tea to taste like what the lawnmower spit out…or my goats eat…. I need fermentation! :) Currently I even have trouble with Darjeeling and Oolong! I sure hope that changes in the future…..

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Another tea that was in the HHRound#2 teabox. This had been on my wishlist! I think there were closer to two teaspoons than one though, and I could kind of tell in the resulting flavor, since it was a little brisk. The leaves were small (or crumbled apart by that point) so that didn’t help either. But…

WHOA MELON. They aren’t lying. It tastes like pure cantaloupe! It’s like the Butiki blend. I didn’t see any melon in the dry blend (or yogurt pieces) so it must be the flavoring. So much melon though! Very nice. The second steep had just as much melon flavor, I sipped the cup so fast! The next morning there was a bit left in the mug, but drinking it was very sour for some reason. So this one is winner, just don’t leave it overnight!

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
408 tasting notes

I have seen this tea on Steepster for a while and have been trying not to get my hopes up that it would taste like Teavana’s long discontinued Tiramisu Treviso rooibos. Then along came a traveling tea box with this stuff in it. As it steeped I could smell a familiar scent. I took out the last of my stash of the Teavana version to compare and it looks promisingly similar! There were a few differences, but that could be due to it being bottom of the tin. Tasting it… it is almost identical! No, it doesn’t really taste like traditional tiramisu, but it does taste like delicious in an evening cup. This one tastes slightly flat which could be due to kicking around in a traveling box for a while, but I * think * I finally found the same tea! I am SO excited and need to order some now! Teavana broke my heart, but California Tea House is teaching me to love again! Thank you to whoever put this tea in the tea box to share! You have no idea how happy you have made me!

Now if I could only find a cookie similar to the discontinued Stella Doro Apricot Peach cookies I used to eat as a kid, my life would be complete!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Hmmm…. light… grassy… melony. It is a strange mix with the grass notes in there. When I sweeten it the grass notes change to more of a tart note and I can imagine the yogurt part better. This is okay, but I’m not taken by it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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From the Here’s Hoping Traveling Tea Box #2

I haven’t had much luck with white teas, but this one is good. The taste is tea and honeydew, and although I don’t get the yogurt flavor there is a smoothness to the tea that could be considered creamy. Not something I’d order for myself, but it is very nice.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 6 OZ / 177 ML

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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
381 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
1914 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
616 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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