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California Tea House

Recent Tasting Notes

91

Based on my love for a good golden yunnan and the rave reviews here, I decided to order this tea. It arrived yesterday night so today was the first chance at trying this. The leaf is as pictured, golden and a grayish black color, long and slightly kinky. The brew is a deep golden honey color. I steeped for my usual 3 minutes for this type of tea and added sweetener only. The flavor is very good, however I think I was light on the amount of leaf for my larger size cup. I should have weighed it out. The delicious flavor is a little light for my expectation because of this. I will reserve a more final decision on this once I’ve had another time or two to try it out. But for now I would say it rivals my all time fave golden yunnan…Emporer’s Gold from Tao. I may need a side-by-side taste test to compare. This is a very good tea.

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

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100

Ridicagood! Dave, you were right.

My Yunnan got here yesterday and I showed the patience to wait until this morning to have it. This is some smooth tea. Plenty of flavor and absolutely no bite. Love it!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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99

A friend of mine told me if I like premium tea and am already a fan of California Tea House then I’m really missing out if I have not tried their Golden Monkey Paw and Yunnan Golden Buds. So, like any other person who can’t turn down a good recommendation, here I am drinking my first cup of Golden Monkey Paw, and I have to tell my buddy Dave, “Dang! You are right!”
This tea is so perfectly clean, full rounded and just simply delicious. I guess I have to buy the Yunnan now.

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93

Snowed a bunch last night and will continue to snow on and off all day so I made a whole pot of my favorite black tea to start my day. This is incredibly lovely with a comforting aroma and taste. It is flavorful without kicking my mouth and smooth as can be. No bitterness or astringency but there is a soft hint of smokiness which I find very appealing. I plan on drinking multiple steeps of this all day which is fine with me. This tea is so wonderful it deserves a whole day dedicated to it.

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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76

It seems I have 2 sample bags of this…
I randomly chose this one out of my stash because the last several ‘bagged tea attempts’ have left me wanting…

This is much better…sigh…
And that’s a GOOD sigh…
A sigh of tea relief!

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99

This is a hearty Oolong. I am a big fan of Oolong and a friend told me about Big Red Robe. I can’t wait for my next cup. I have to say, this really has my attention. It’s delicious. I’ve never had a tea that left me feeling like I had breakfast! This is like a Brunello Montalcino. I say start your day with Big Red Robe and end your day with Brunello and you’ve had a great day!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100

House hunting all day in the rain. I’m worn out and stomach in knots.

This freaking tea is amazing! This has to be the smoothest Yunnan I have ever had, no lie. I feel much better now.

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97

Love it

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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100

I had to redeem my day. It has been a rough one with two plane flights, delays, etc. Man, what a relief it was to open this bag of rooibos tea and be taken in with the smooth flavor and aroma! This is one of the creamiest teas I have ever had. I’m relaxed and ready for bed now.

TeaEqualsBliss

I’m going to have to try this again at a longer infusion time…I thought it was nice but thought it would have more Lemon Meringue taste. How long did you infuse for!? I really want to find that correct time to enjoy my cuppa to the fullest extent! I still have high hopes for this one!

All things green

I think it was around 5 or 6 minutes. Full boil and then I drank it much cooler. I’m in love! ;-)

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89

This lightly flavored green tea is quite the treat! It’s a little lime with even less coconut taste so for those who aren’t sure about flavored greens you might like this! It’s juicy and sweet and fun! Not much for a smell and it’s typical green tea looking liquid but still nice!!!

Here is the Muppets Video on YouTube…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy2U6AK9P6Q&feature=related

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89

The dry leaf smells odd. It doesn’t smell like melon or yogurt or white tea. It’s really hard to describe.

Wet leaf smell – a vegetable – but I couldn’t tell you which one.

It’s a typical white tea color for the liquid.

And smells like white tea.

The taste…well, it tastes like white tea! I can taste a melon taste…more like a honeydew melon. Can’t taste a yogurt taste but you can tell something makes it smoother…so I will chalk that up as the yogurt!

Thumbs up for being a creative blend. It’s tasty and refreshing. Regardless of how hot the water may be it seems to give me a warm and cozy feeling even after sipped/swallowed.

FUN.

Erin

That does sound very interesting… I’ll have to put that on my list of things to try.

Wiseman Tea Co.

I’m always amazed at the maliabilty of Tea. I recently tried a kombucha plumb green tea, and I found it remarkable how the dried colonys came alive upon adding water.

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76

It’s a Rooibos ever so slightly flavored with lemon meringue – steeped for approx 4-5 minutes…was hoping for more lemon meringue flavor…will steep for at least 7 next time.

Call Me Thirsty

Lemon Meringue Pie tea are you kidding me? This sounds amazing!

I ♥ NewYorkCiTEA

Sounds totally yum to me too.

CaliforniaTeaHouse.com

I love Lemon Meringue Pie Rooibos. I have it every night! Enjoying a cup right now. It’s a soft, smooth creamy lemon flavor.

Kitch3ntools

that sounds AMAZING!

TeaEqualsBliss

@CaliforniaTeaHouse.com = How long do you suggest infusing for? Maybe I didn’t wait long enough!? Will certainly try again!!!! :)

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77

Alrighty…I think I got this right today! It was much better. But now I am out! LOL

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88

Sipping this while eat mashed potatoes and watching hockey!

Meg

nice, who’s playing and who’s winning? :)

TeaEqualsBliss

My Sabres (are playing) and My Sabres (arewinning)! LOL – In OVERTIME!!!!

Meg

LOL I’m a fan of the Wings and the Sens.

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63

Not too heavily roasted. Slightly fruity.

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77

This is the woodiest oolong I have had in a long, long time. Maybe I over steeped??? I will try this again. It’s ok but I’m not convinced it’s an award winner in my book…yet…that could change, however…I will try it again. For now…it’s just OK.

Cofftea

Sounds comfy though… buh duh dum chuch hehe;)

TeaEqualsBliss

I should create a blend called Big Blue Snuggie!!! :P

Freshdarjeelingtea.com

Wow! what a name! BIG Blue Snuggie!!:D

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90

mmmmmm
The dry leaves smell different to me than other dragon wells. I usually notice a papery smell but this particular blend smells vegital. I didn’t think that was possible because I didn’t think dried veggies could possibly retain the green smell and I still don’t think actual food can but these dry tea leaves do.
The vegital smell in the dry leaves disappears with steeping leaving toasty and sweet broth with no detectable spinach type flavors which I had been expecting because of the smell. This is an extremely light tea and I will experiment with longer steep times to see where the over steeping point is and how robust the flavor can become.
Mouth feel is more on the dry and airy side. This does not feel like a robust tea on this steep but again I will experiment with long steep times to try to pull the robustness out.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
jaccad

This doesn’t look like DragonWell to me either!

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88

Things that make you go Hummmmm…
I don’t usually care for chamomile but this is a fairly nifty tea…the lemon makes it…but thank the tea gods that it isn’t obnoxious lemony like CS or other ‘cheapo’ brands I know of…lol…

Try it…you might like it!

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76

Vanilla…check…creme…check…earl grey…check…
Lighter in color but not in taste…quite flavorful!
Nice

EvaPeva

You sure have access to a lot of tea! How many cups do you drink per day?

TeaEqualsBliss

At least 6 a day…but usually more…norm is somewhere between 6 and 12-ish most days…esp during the work week

Ricky

Vanilla and cream sounds delicious. Earl Grey… ehhh…

EvaPeva

Cheers to that!

Marie

How’s the caffeine uptake on this one? What kind of leaves do they use for the tea, is it china black?

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67

Taken Plain.
This oolong is on the lighter side of the fermentation scale but retains a nuttier more robust flavor than pouchong grade without the heavy mouth feel of more robust oolongs.
Nice tea. Very re-steepable.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88

Nothing like a good Darjeeling on a crisp fall day. I drank two whole pots of this stuff today. Delish!

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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75

Wonderful, mellow and sweet tea.

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

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75

Steeped 3 min 195 degree water no additives.
This is a steak dinner of a tea. Very dark almost black tea on the fermentation scale but it retains the toasty mellow taste of oolong.
Personally I preferred the second infusion as the flavor was as round as the first but some of the density of it was diluted.
Then again I also prefer the oolong towards the pouchong end of the scale.
It is definitely an awesome tea.

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