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drank White Coconut Cream by Tea Gallerie
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So the boyfriend-creature and I went to San Diego for a week in mid-February and I only brought a few teabags with me thinking I could always buy more tea while I was there. Unfortunately I soon discovered that San Diego. Does. Not. Do. Tea. At all.

The hotel we stayed at didn’t even have so much a crappy Lipton teabag in its continental breakfast. And good luck finding something as basic as a Starbucks. My tea stash quickly ran out and this was becoming a serious problem because I need my caffeine otherwise I get cranky and tired (FYI coffee makes me sick so that was out).

Lo and behold I came a cross this cute little tea house in Balboa Park called the Tea Pavilion – it’s attached to the Japanese Friendship Garden (which is a lovely place by the way). This was the tea I picked out to try and damn was it good – rich, lightly sweet and bursting with creamy coconut flavour. It was so good that I asked them where they got their tea from and it turns out they’re supplied by a shop called the Tea Gallerie. The tea house owners were willing to sell me some of their bulk tea which saved me from having to track down their supplier myself. So I walked away with 100g of this lovely blend. I made myself a another cup this evening and it was every bit as good as I remembered it.

Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 12 OZ / 354 ML

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89

My friend and I went to Tea Gallerie’s tasting room. They offer “flights” where you can try several different teas before you buy. Scottish caramel pu-erh was hands-down my favorite. The heavenly smell of caramel and butterscotch wafts up from the cup before your first sip. As you drink, you can taste the yummy deep pu-erh flavor but it is tempered by the smoothness of the caramel. I couldn’t stop drinking this one!! So yummy!

Flavors: Butterscotch, Caramel, Malt

boychik

I love this one. I got it from Angelina’s Tea. Add some milk and maple syrup and its like Irish cream

TeaGirl

Tea Gallerie also had a really nice reserve milk oolong that I liked. I’m so glad I got to try some of their teas. Thanks for the recommendation boychik—that sounds delicious! I did bring some home so will have to try it!

boychik

Don’t forget to rinse it first since its puerh. Few secs;)

TeaGirl

Thank you for reminding me. I’ve never had a pu-erh before. Do you rinse it lightly or more than that?

boychik

This one just cover with boil water and 3-5 sec is enough. Don’t worry it’s so strongly flavored, you will not wash it out.

TeaGirl

Sounds good. :) thank you.

Riimu

I’ve been thinking of buying this from my local tea shop, now I’m sure I should buy it.

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88

brewed mine with steamed soy milk. It’s such a bright zippy tea. It feels like I’m wrapped in winter.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 2 min, 45 sec

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205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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53

was okay. has a faint cinnamon-line smell behind it. otherwise rather unremarkable but not bad.

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

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92

This is a very good vanilla. I like it over Adagio’s and Harney & Son’s. Perhaps not quite as much as Betjeman & Barton “Le Classique”.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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49

I like most forms of earl grey, but I found this one to be a bit too weird for my taste. I found the vanilla to be a strange combination with the bergamot. I would try it again but was not impressed initially.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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97

If you brew the tea strongly like I do, it tastes more like apple cider than anything else. I serve it to my friends whenever they come to my house.

Preparation
6 min, 15 sec

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100

I am not usually a big fan of Earl Grey, since I find bergamot to be somewhat astringent, but I love this tea! The addition of the vanilla really mellows out the bergamot flavor. It is a nice, creamy tea that I love having in the afternoon.

Preparation
4 min, 0 sec

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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 30 sec

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Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 5 min, 0 sec

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98

The sweetness of the coconut peels perfectly balances the strong taste of the Pu-Erh. One word to describe it: de-li-cious!

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C 4 min, 30 sec

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