California Tea House

Recent Tasting Notes

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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
4710 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
381 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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Tea #9 from Traveling Tea Box C

Backlog.

Mmm, creamy honeydew goodness. I’m beginning to think that melon and white tea were made to be together. The yogurt does add much in the way of flavor, but instead acts to smooth things out. The resteep contained a lot of the same honeydew notes, but lacked the creaminess of the first steep.

While this tea doesn’t measure up to Butiki’s Cantaloupe & Cream, it certainly could satisfy a similar craving, so I set aside a few teaspoons for later.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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Additional notes: Yep, I should be working on the tea boxes in my possession but I just needed this tea to go with my butternut squashy oatmeal I made (invented?) for breakfast with a bit of leftover squashed squash and some maple syrup. It was the PERFECT flavor pairing! Back to the tea boxes!

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This was alright, but the steeping parameters seemed strong both in amount and duration for my tastes and maybe I should’ve listened to my gut about easing back a bit as this has a strong bitter element, even with some milk and sugar. The thing is, the almond butter flavor is pretty strong in aroma but less so in taste; there’s a chance making the tea less strong will bring it out more though as I suspect the black tea bitterness might be overwhelming it.

That said the rich bitterness worked well with a dutch caramel wafer/stroopwafel, so there’s that. Love those things.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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“Another Traveling Tea Box?!?!”

Am I crazy to have something with Valerian root this early in the day? Probably. This is a really nice blend though. Pretty light for a chai, but I love that it’s heavy on the cinnamon and cloves. The vanilla in this is also nice!

Short Sorceress

Quite possibly :) Valerian always makes me so sleepy.

Fuzzy_Peachkin

I’m trying to get through the rest of the box this weekend so I can send it out Monday or Tusday so I’m kind of randomly working my way through the box!

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This is my favorite iced rooibos tea. It is delicious and my family loves it!

Preparation
Iced

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This is delicious iced! The aroma of the dry blend is a bit off-putting but after steeping in the fridge for 24 hours both the aroma and the taste are magnificent – lemon and cream with no rooibos flavor detected. One packet of Splenda added and it’s ready to serve. My guests love it!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more

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drank Lemon Drop by California Tea House
1914 tasting notes

I’ve been having some stomach discomfort today throughout the day so I grabbed some of this one this afternoon. I really need a strong lemon and ginger tea, but until then this will have to do. This is one of the oldest teas in my cupboard, and it has definitely faded in flavor, but all in all it’s holding up pretty well. I still have a ton of it, too!

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

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