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This one is courtesy of Doulton. I woke up ran some errands today and was just so tired (I’m not sure why) anyway I thought hmmm maybe I’ll go ahead and have lunch and see if this helps. So I had my lunch which consisted of last nights leftovers homemade fettucini alfredo and a delicious salad and decided I needed a strong black dessert tea normally Florence would have fit the bill for this situation but I decided to live it up a little and go with this one instead after all it is Friday.

Once steeped the liquor is very dark and mysterious. The first sip was very strong black tea flavored and so I read the description which said add sugar well as you all probably know by now I don’t normally add sugar to my tea. Sugar added I think made this tea so much better and much more palatable (for someone with my tastebuds). Well with the addition of a teaspoon of brown rock sugar it is much sweeter I taste almonds but not the butter part. I can’t say that I’ve ever actually had almond butter so maybe I’m off on this but its a pretty good cup. I really appreciate the opportunity to taste it and it’s from California Tea House and I have never tried any of their teas before so double Thanks, Doulton!

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I am enjoying this tea. I suspect that it is highly similar to other almond teas, but there is a sense of nut “butter” which I don’t get from my other beloved almond teas. There’s not enough of a difference to assert that this tea stands out from other almond teas, but it is, like many of them, excellent for almond lovers.

Yes, I am enjoying this tea.

I think that I will always like to have an almond tea “in stock” (along with a vanilla and a coconut tea). So far I have not tasted the one almond tea that it must be, but this one is certainly a contender.

The California Tea House gave me very speedy delivery service on my order. That counts for a lot with me. As i drink more tea, I can anticipate what to reorder and when to reorder it.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 15 sec
Kristin

I’d think that the butter is not ‘butter’ as in dairy butter, but as in almond butter… ground almonds (like peanut butter).

Doulton

Yes, that’s what I meant. I use almond butter more than peanut butter by far, which was why I selected this tea to sample. I meant the sort of creamy “buttery” taste that you’ll get with a “nut butter”.

Lori

I am glad that you liked this tea as I placed an order for this one a few days ago…

LENA

Oooh, I always keep almond butter at the house too. Sometime a peanut just won’t cut it. :)

AmazonV

we just bought some almond butter at costco, never had some before, if we like it perhaps i’ll need this tea

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79

I like the smell of this tea, it’s fresh and fruity, but I can also smell of a bit of the sourness I usually associate with yogurt. The tea doesn’t taste hugely melon but the flavouring has enough kick to let you know that it’s there, and it leave a bit of an aftertaste in the mouth. It’s not that sickly-sweet faux-melon flavour I’ve come across sometimes, thank God – I hate that stuff. There’s a note of fresh ‘greeness’ to the tea that compliments the melon well. The yogurt is quite subdued but it gives a creamy texture and taste to each sip.

This tea would be very nice iced, IMO. Maybe I’ll try it that way when the weather gets hotter (which it’s due to soon)

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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45

I found a review for this tea on the Tea Review blog and so I thought I would give it a go. I have steeped it a few times now to see if I could get it “right”. Their website says to steep 1-2 tsp for 2-3 minutes. I found that 1tsp steeped 2minutes gave me the “best” steep. And by “best”, I mean not so bitter or overwhemlingly lime-y as to have ruined the entire cup. Also, I can smell the coconut but I can only taste the lime.
Now I have a 40z bag of tea that I REALLY don’t want.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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80

I just want to add that this is fantastic with milk! The creamsicle aspect is enhanced and whole effect of drinking this is very soothing—must be the warm milk. The taste seems “naturally” sweet (are the flavors sweetened?) so no additional sweetner is needed. Reminds me very much of an Earl Grey Latte from Starbucks (what they used to call the “London Fog”) but much less $$$.

Upping the score (because of this yummy “tea latte/milk tea” experience)!

Edited to add: It’s so strange because my last note on this I added milk and it wasn’t this delicious at all! Must have overbrewed it or used too much/too little leaf or something! So for this note, I used 3 heaping teaspoons in my small teapot which can hold up to 2 mugs of water (I think that’s 16oz?) and it came out perfect for milk tea.

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec
Lori

This is very good for an Earl Grey…

Alicia

I am in search of an excellent Earl Grey. Thank yo for your post!

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80

On my second steeping (and as it cools), this takes on more and more of an orange-y taste. Not so much of a bergamot-citrus, but just indistinctly citrus. I wish I can distinguish the subtleties of the different black teas that were blended in here, but I can’t right now. My mind has decided to zone in on just the citrus!

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80

I wanted an “Earl Grey Latte”, so I added a good amount of milk to this but, for some reason, it made the flavor taste artificial and “tinny” (especially the vanilla). Maybe I should’ve brewed it stronger by adding more leaf? I already used 2 1/2 teaspoons in a tall mug (maybe 10 oz).

Preparation
Boiling 5 min, 0 sec

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80

Just jotting down some quick impressions:

Scent: Lemony with a strange herbal twinge—like rosemary? A bit creamy.

Taste: Oh the vanilla really comes out in the taste! And I’m detecting the wonderful bergamot oil swirled in—it’s almost like an Earl Grey dreamsicle.

Final Thought: This is an ethereal, sweeter version of Adagio’s Earl Grey Moonlight. It’s not syrupy or caramel in flavor like Moonlight. The sweetness is clearer and more pure, somehow. The vanilla is a “cool” vanilla and the bergamot is more citrusy than flowery.

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec
teaplz

I’ll have to try one of these cream earl greys eventually… maybe it’s the key to EG success with me, because yeah, it’s definitely not a favorite for me at all!

Angrboda

TeaEqualsBliss gave me a sample of this, and was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Haven’t typed up my notes on it yet, but take the word of the wise. Don’t have this immediately after eating a kiwi. Bad mix of flavours there. It made the tea seem incredibly bitter.

Lori

I tried this the other day and probably should add a tasting note- but I think Stephanie perfectly described this tea. I am not a big fan of Earl Grey and I quite enjoyed this one…

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86

Bought this on sale at California Tea House.

This tea was delicious, toasty, warm, w/lots of cinnamon. Only downside: as our temperatures heat up around here in June, I may want something lighter (but don’t hold that against the tea!)

It is what I would imagine a New England Christmas would be like- snowy, woodsy, cabin, fireplace, thick socks…(Here in Louisiana we are lucky if temperatures dip below 70F)…

Please don’t mistake this for a chai. It is something different. As this is my first holiday tea, I can’t compare it to others. But I hope to try more….

SoccerMom

Lori, Maybe you’d like it iced? :)

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91

Delicious! I decided to brew this one up right after dinner. I can taste the white tea and a subtle creamy melon flavor (sort of like a sweet cucumber to be honest). I don’t taste a distinct yogurt flavor just a slight creaminess… Even when warm, the tea seems cool and relaxing.

Really, Teaequalsbliss’ review was right “on the money”. Note: my daughter thinks the tea tastes like Pop-Rocks (lol!) but trust me, this tea does not have any type of artificial watermelon flavor at all…

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90

This tastes like the name- blueberry syrup w/o any off flavors from other herbs….

Brewed about 24 oz. this morning, added a little bit of sugar, and carried it to work in one of those aluminum bottles. Great sweet treat this afternoon w/o lots of calories.

The blend is very high quality w/tons of dried blueberries…Another winner from California Tea House!

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90

California Tea House was blended another winner! It is not too lime-y , not too coconut-y. But a mild blend w/subtle sweet flavors that lets the green tea taste shine (w/o a vegetal taste)… Again, the blend does look like the photo w/ whole tea leaves and large slices of coconut…

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99

This is my favorite nite-time chai. No rooibos to dilute the flavor. Just a blend of whole spices so this is high quality. And tastes like chocolate….This is not hot spicy just a well-rounded chai flavor.

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99

This drink is my favorite before bedtime drink. Mildly spicy but tempered by the chocolate. Perfect with milk. Decaffeinated but no rooibos. Richly flavored compared to other night-time decaf chocolate-y, spicy teas.

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99

Had this one again this evening. First cup w/chocolate milk. And you know what? It was almost bitter from have too strong of a cocoa flavor. Second cup w/skim milk and I am sure I could taste the chocolate….Such a good herbal blend…

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99

Hmmm- had this last night w/milk and sugar- a perfect late nite treat..

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99

This was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS and one of the better or perhaps best chocolate teas ever. And it is a herbal – so/w some milk and sugar this is a perfect dessert. Spicy and not too spicy. Compared to Teavanna’s Haute Chocolate, this is more “chocolate-y” w/just enough spice. A very well-rounded flavor.

After trying my first California Tea House order, I am looking forward to trying more of their blends…..

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86

This tea is smooth, not vegetal, buttery, and slightly nutty…

Lori

I also wanted to add this is a great flavored tea…

Lori

And this is same or similar to SpecialTeas Vienna Winter Green…

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86

Perfect tea on a Sunday AM. Smooth and light. These California Tea House teas are just perfect.

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86

This was absolutely perfect. I could taste the green tea and a subtle background of a nutty flavor w/a natural sweetness. This is a perfect early evening tea…

BTW: The blend looks exactly like the picture.

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86

Yum a very mild green tea- There is no noticeable vegetal flavor in this tea. The flavors are very subtle: almonds, chocolate…smooth from the added chamomile. Can actually see the bits of nuts. Note that this tea does not have a strong chocolate flavor……

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73

Got this sample from Jennifer B – thanks! Like she said, the flavors are light but this tea is really good! It has just enough flavor without overpowering the tea.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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56

Has a distinct flavor…..but the only reason i bought this was because of a movie

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