California Tea House

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69

I’ve been drinking this as a iced tea for the last two days. It’s somehow both crisp in flavor and smooth in mouthfeel. It’s been very enjoyable.

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69

Not bad. Bright or citrus high notes on a smooth oolong base. But the bright note was almost a little too bright for my preference. I’m glad I got to try it, but it’s not a re-order.

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99

I did not expect this much floral sweetness out of this simple looking tea. The leaves I thought looked slightly broken, but it could just be the bag I got. The taste is wonderful.

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67

I’ve tried 4 cups of this in the last 2 days.

I’ve tried using their 6-8 rings per cup idea at higher temps and lower temps. I’ve tried more rings and higher and lower temps.

With 6-8 rings per cup at lower temps, it’s so pale that you can barely tell that tea was steeped. The flavor was VERY delicate. To the point where this un-subtle tea drinker kept eyeballing the glass as if it was kidding.

At higher temps, it was a little stronger, but still very subtle, more astringency.

With more leaf, the astringency was stronger and the flavor was still delicate.

This is just not my cuppa. If any of you would like to swap for it, send me a PM, and we can work something out.

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67

The leaves on this are really pretty.. the little rings are CUTE. However, I’m having a touch of an issue getting it to brew right. The steeping instructions on the site say 6-8 rings per cup with water “a little under boiling”.

Which sounded a little off, so I used that amount, and water at 175. That brew was almost clear and fairly flavorless. So, I’m off to try it at like a 190. We’ll see how that works.

Angela

I want to try this just to see the rings!

gmathis

Wonder what tiny-size the curling iron is for these little leaves :)

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84

I’m glad I bought this tea – it is a great keemun and I am enjoying it even though I don’t love black tea normally =D

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98

Wow. I am pleasantly surprised. Incredibly smooth and bold.

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83

It’s been a while since I’ve had tea from California Tea House… this one has always been one of my favorites – Thanks to TeaEqualsBliss I get the opportunity to try it again!

I love the balance in this blend. The ginger is lightly peppery, the citrus taste sweet and not pucker-y, the chamomile is light and adds a little depth to the fruit taste, and the Sencha is fresh and sweet tasting. It all comes together very nicely.

Yummy! It’s a nice way to unwind!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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97

I know I shouldn’t have caffeine tea this late, but I couldn’t help myself. I had one of these guy’s blooming teas lately at a friend’s party and so I had to try the straight up Silver Needle. It’s divine. A very mild sweetness that you can’t get enough of. I’ll stay up late for this.

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99

I’ve been drinking Rooibos only lately, but I guess it was time for a change as the weather got a little cooler and my mood changed with it. I have to say, “I’m glad I did!” This tea makes a delicious cup – very full and a very slightly malty aftertaste that makes me always feel like I need another cup.

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96

Just the right tea for me today. The taste is just as good as it smells.

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100

Such a simple, smooth and slightly sweet tea. I’m on 5 days in a row with this Peony.

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100

I’ve now tried this Jasmine tea hot and cold and it is delicious both ways. I’m going to try it again hot. I can’t decide which way I like it better. I’ve been chilling the tea in the refrigerator and serving in a chilled glass, but I’m not using any ice. I don’t want to water it down at all. Does anyone else have any ‘chilled tea’ ideas?

Shinobi_cha

Cover the pearls with ice (no water); once the ice melts you have iced tea (the cold temperature of the ice should work just as well to brew it as hot temp). Sounds simple, and takes a while, but it works well.

Grr

Try this maybe?

http://www.amazon.com/Prodyne-IP-104-ICED-Pitcher/dp/B0039AIG0E/ref=sr_1_cc_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1291852656&sr=1-3-catcorr

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99

It’s getting way too hot outside. I was complaining just 3 weeks ago that it was cold and it didn’t feel like Summer, and now I’m eating those words. It’s super hot now and there’s no breeze. It’s time to turn to a tea that I tried iced last Summer and really did the trick. I really like the creamy flavor of this when it’s served hot, but it’s very refreshing on ice too.

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98

This tea has a taste that covers my whole tongue if that makes sense. It’s very rounded, even and smooth. Again, I’m going to take part of the credit due to my excellent steep! ;-)

Preparation
3 min, 15 sec

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98

I really am enjoying this Silver Needle. I am on my second cup this morning and I rarely drink two cups of tea back to back. Maybe I did the perfect steep. (notice I take the credit!) This tea has an very refreshing tone, and it is flavorful while being about as smooth of Silver Needle as I may have ever had. Good morning!

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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70

When I smelled this tea I was worried that it would be a bit too much spice.
Drinking it is a nice smooth flavor. I am very happy with the taste. Little bit of sweet, little bit of spice. I was expecting more chocolate because I sensed it in the smell… but not too much chocolate here. Overall, a nice smooth cup that reminds me of Christmas!
Thank you so much, Lori!

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83

Finishing up this sample from Lori

Steep Information:
Amount: 3 tsp
Water: 212° 750ml filtered
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (Black, Medium)
Steep Time: 2 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet and fruity, but not specifically mango
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, mango + other fruits + black tea
Flavor: black tea, dried mango snacks, astringent, a touch bitter
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet fruity, astringent, a touch bitter
Liquor: dark orange brown

Again, as the name implies, tastes like those dried mango fruit snacks. It’s not the fresh juicy mango taste, but it is truly mango. If we had not tried Mango Black from thepuriTea.com this would be the new favorite. Theirs wins out by virtue of being true fresh mango.

2 minutes versus 3 did not cut down on the bitterness or astringency much.

Post-Steep Additives: 1/2 tsp German rock sugar
More sweetened dried mango, yum yum!

Preparation
Boiling 2 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

iced 1 cup and tried, bleh not so yummy iced and not sweetened

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83

Steep Information:
Amount: 2 tsp
Water: 212° 500ml filtered
Tool: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker BTM800XL (Black, Strong)
Steep Time: 3 minutes
Served: Hot

Tasting Notes:
Dry Leaf Smell: sweet and fruity, but not specifically mango
Steeped Tea Smell: sweet, mango + other fruits + black tea
Flavor: black tea, dried mango snacks, astringent, a touch bitter
Body: Medium
Aftertaste: sweet fruity, astringent, a touch bitter
Liquor: dark orange brown

Gift generous from Lori which I sadly forgot to be expecting and then was confused, but happy when the tea arrived. I decided to hold off trying it until I could figure out who it was a gift from. We’re always on the hunt for anything with ‘mango’ since it’s a favorite flavor around here.

And now that I know who it’s from, TEA! It, as the name implies, tastes like those dried mango fruit snacks. It’s not the fresh juicy mango taste, but it is truly mango. If we had not tried Mango Black from thepuriTea.com this would be the new favorite. Theirs wins out by virtue of being true fresh mango.

Next time I think I’ll steep 2 minutes.

Post-Steep Additives: 1/2 tsp German rock sugar
More sweetened dried mango, yum yum!

Images: http://amazonv.blogspot.com/2010/05/california-tea-house-loose-leaf-black.html

Preparation
Boiling 3 min, 0 sec

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68

Allowing myself to drink a cuppa tea before heading to bed after a long night’s work. All the college kids are back for the summer and it’s going to be a long week of re-training. But they’re all good kids.

This tea is a sample sent from Lori. Actually surprised I haven’t reviewed it as it was a sample I was excited to get from her. The name reminds me of a scene from Practical Magic (found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stQ31X8COWw&feature=related ). I didn’t even know the muppets did a skit with this.

These leaves are beautiful. I was surprised at how large the coconut shavings were. These were no ordinary shavings used in baking coconut, no not in this tea! This tea brewed up a beautiful lemon lime green. The aroma is very coconutty with a bit of citrus sneaking in as well. It reminds me of Harney and Sons Bangkok Green tea (minus the ginger). There is almost a buttery note to the scent as well.

As far as the taste goes, it is a lightly flavored, buttery green tea. I taste the bright, citrusy lime in the forefront, then the buttery green base with a hint of coconut at the end. The coconut is very strong in scent and as I sip it I get more from the scent of the coconut than the taste of the coconut. Does coconut make the tea taste buttery and smooth, or is that the actual tea itself? This texture I’m tasting was similar in the Harney and Sons tea mentioned above, which also had coconut in it. I do like how smooth this blend is. Nothing stands out too sharply. I really enjoy the lime flavor in this tea. It doesn’t overpower the green tea, but blends with it rather nicely. I’m glad to have enjoyed a mug full of this.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 0 sec
Rabs

Well, there could be worse songs to have stuck in my head ;) And I’ve only ever known the Muppet version (teahee!), but then again I’m a Muppet nut. :D

Auggy

I might actually have an MP3 of the Muppet version. It was a college favorite. :)

Lori

Wonderful and accurate and detailed review…

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