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California Tea House

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Tea #9 from Traveling Tea Box C

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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!

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Quite possibly :) Valerian always makes me so sleepy.

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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
1848 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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I was super excited to try this tea when I came across it in the Traveling Tea Box. The dry leaves smell sweet and nutty with a small hint of chocolate. The tea itself smells more like fresh green tea with some nuttiness. The flavor is buttery green tea with a strong nutty taste. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with a hint of cocoa, with a nice toastiness to it. Sweetener definitely brings out more of the chocolate, which makes it so much better in my opinion. I’m glad I got to try this one, but I doubt that I will ever purchase any.

The little foster kitty came running and sniffed my tea again. I don’t think she cared for this tea either, since she put her tail up and sashayed off!

-Dry blend has medium green tea leaves and twigs with slices of nuts and white blossoms.
-Dry leaves smell sweet and nutty with a small hint of chocolate. Tea liquor aroma is of fresh green tea with a hint of nuttiness.
-Tea liquor is a cloudy medium yellow color with an oily sheen on top.
-Buttery green tea and strong nutty flavor and finish. Slightly bitter and toasty aftertaste with a hint of cocoa.
-Best with sweetener.
-Good tea. Fresh green tea and nutty flavor with a trace of bitterness.

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

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I got a bag of this tea some time ago because one of my husband’s favorite desserts is Tiramisu. Tiramisu is a take it or leave it kind of dessert to me, so I wasn’t in any particular hurry to try this tea myself, but I finally did today.

It doesn’t taste a thing like tiramisu to me. All the added flavoring and candy bits serve only to mute the flavor of the rooibos, leaving it flat and blah. The flavors themselves hardly stand out at all.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
282 tasting notes

A tea from a mystery swap, Thanks Shelley_Lorraine! This tea smells really good, and I definitely got the tiramisu type taste. But I somehow tasted a little maple? The rooibos taste is pretty strong in this one but it kind matches well with the flavoring I think but this isn’t a tea I’d like to have a lot of. Good to try though definitely, a little treat :)

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I snagged this when California Tea House was doing their Memorial Day promo where this was free with a $25 order. Holy crap, right?

The tin it comes in is vacuum sealed and once popped closes snugly. The matcha is bright emerald green and everything I’d hope for from a good matcha.

The smell was sweet and creamy. It evokes this sense like I’m smelling sunshine on dewy treetops in the early morning.

I sifted it, but it honestly fell through so easily I doubt this step was necessary.

It frothes up beautifully and the color is fantastic. The taste was full-bodied and rich. And if I didn’t know any better I’d swear I didn’t use water and had used cream or half anf half.

The taste is spinach and buttery, sweet, rich edamame-ness. The sweet notes are only enhanced as as it cools. There is also a depth of flavor that sometimes pops almost a rich nuttiness or cocoa notes.

There were also no clumps (or much at all) at the bottom of my cup when I finished. And the aftertaste lingers too, and I feel like it’s springtime in my mouth.

So, thank you so much for this promotion. I don’t know if I’d had bit the bullet otherwise and then I’d be missing something wonderful.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C

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This is one of the many teas I scored in Rachel’s sale (whenever I say Rachel, you can assume I mean iHeartTeas since I’m pretty sure I haven’t actually swapped teas with the other Rachel with the actual username Rachel!) That was an awesome sale and I appreciate it — thanks, Rachel! This one sounded amazing. And it is! The leaves are very wirey and equal parts gold and black. I’m glad they don’t actually look like monkey paws, since that doesn’t sound very appetizing anyway. After a four minute steep it’s a sweet, slightly malty, slightly chocolatey flavor. Exactly how I love my teas. The second steep is also nice. Pretty darn good. Not as good as the best tea ever I had the other day, Butiki’s lion assam. But that is to be expected. I promise I won’t try to compare every tea with Butiki’s from here on out! But that one will linger in my mind a while!

RachanaC (Rachel)-iHeartTeas

I am so thrilled my teas have thus far made you so happy. :).

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I’m not getting quite the depth and boldness that some of the reviewers got from this tea. It’s an ok cup, but nothing spectacular. It could use some sweetener. It seems to have a flavor similar to red dragon pearls from thepuriTea, though not as bold. I remember the dragon pearl tea having a harsh un-sweetness about just as this one does.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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well, i was thinking that i really shouldn’t write a note about this today. cuz my tastebuds aren’t on their best game. and i probably should have steeped this a little lighter. and i DO have more leaf so i can try again. and i’ll do a second steep of this cup. but i kinda also feel like this tea just isn’t for me.
the smell of the leaves was great!
but there’s something about the brewed tea i’m just not finding appealing. i suspect that lime and green tea just don’t mix well for me? maybe?
i might get back to you after the second cup…
thanks for this taste moraiwe!

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
311 tasting notes

Mmmm tiramisu in tea form. This is just dead-on. There isn’t even much more to say. Very creamy, strong caramel/toffee and cocoa flavors. I’m also detecting vanilla and coffee, though neither of those are in the ingredients…

Many thanks to whatshesaid for the sample!

Preparation
Boiling 6 min, 30 sec

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I love love love this tea! On it’s own it’s pretty good, but add a little raw sugar and some milk or cream and YUM. It’s such a great dessert tea! I also love the fact that it is caffeine free, which means I can enjoy it at night when I get those sweets cravings. No tea will ever replace cake 100% (in my opinion, anyway) but this fabulous tea is the next best thing!

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Upon trying this tea again a few times I simply can’t justify the high rating I gave it earlier. That one note is just overwhelming to me. It’s no better iced.

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Thanks Moraiwe! I like the aroma of this more than I like the flavor. I’m not much of a fan of coconut. It has both flavors and even a bit of the base. I like it :)

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I do not drink oolong often, and then I taste an oolong like this and wonder why I don’t drink it more! This has such a smooth taste to it, it is a delightful brew.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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