California Tea House

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A friend at work turned me on to Monkey Paw and I miss it every time I try something else. This is my tea!
I love that it’s organic too

Jim

Did you order from them offline?? I placed an order with them but they never sent me a shipping conformation nor did they respond to my e-mail, so i’m a little worried. How long did it take for your tea to arrive?? Thanks — Jim

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Hands down the best Silver Needle I’ve ever tasted.

Jim

Did you order from them offline?? I placed an order with them but they never sent me a shipping conformation nor did they respond to my e-mail, so i’m a little worried. How long did it take for your tea to arrive?? Thanks — Jim

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Another super specimen from California Tea House. I’ve been waiting for this Silver Needle to be in stock and finally got a 4oz bag. I’ll be back for more.

Jim

Did you order from them offline?? I placed an order with them but they never sent me a shipping conformation nor did they respond to my e-mail, so i’m a little worried. How long did it take for your tea to arrive?? Thanks — Jim

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I guess I like monkeys because I’m wild for this tea! This is the first time I’ve heard of it too. Probably the best green tea I’ve ever had and I’ve had a few.

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This reminds me of a Silver Needle that I paid 10x this price for from American Tea Room. I wonder…

Jim

Did you order from them offline?? I placed an order with them but they never sent me a shipping conformation nor did they respond to my e-mail, so i’m a little worried. How long did it take for your tea to arrive?? Thanks — Jim

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Yummy! I just recently heard of this company and this is the first tea of theirs I’ve tried. For someone who usually doesn’t go for green tea, this one is so smooth and easy on my stomach compared to others I’ve had. My new favorite green.

Jim

Did you order from them offline?? I placed an order with them but they never sent me a shipping conformation nor did they respond to my e-mail, so i’m a little worried. How long did it take for your tea to arrive?? Thanks — Jim

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This sample i got from ifjuly loong time ago. I dunno why i didnt try it.

Today I decided to run side by side with Golden Monkey by H&S

This tea is lovely. Sweet, flavorful and simply nice. Rich with sweet potatoes and malt but not heavy.
H&S version is heartier, maltier and earthier. its very rich cup but today I think it was too rich for me. And earth flavor distracted me for some reason. some peppery notes emerged as it cooled at the end of the sip.
i resteeped both teas [email protected] Meh. Didnt care for either. Kinda flat and boring.

Im glad i finally tasted both, long overdue.
Thank you ifjuly for the awesome samples you sent me. Still havent finished your endless box ;-)

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 3 min, 15 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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The best way I can put it is full flavored while being the smoothest, gentlest white I believe I’ve had. I really like the fact that it’s organic as well.

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100

Wow. Probably the best Matcha I’ve had and I’ve had a few. My only complaint is it wasn’t easy to find. I’m happy I know where you are now!

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Another one of my favorite teas. I keep exploring other greens then coming back to White Monkey Paw (Bai Mao Hou). I like to see if there’s any greens that I could possibly like more, but White Monkey Paw has a smoothness that seems to be innate and just not duplicated by other green prep methods. I’ve had the White Monkey at Adagio which was excellent as well, but I’m not sure if it’s the original source or what, but the White Monkey Paw from California Tea House is by far my favorite.

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Pass the Stash

I love waking up my dog by placing a bit of food in front of her nose. Watching her nose twitch and then her surprised happy face when she finally wakes up to eat is is just so adorable. Someone should make a human alarm like this. Waking up would be so much easier if someone stuck pancakes under my nose every morning:P

This tea smells, looks , and tastes like a white tea. The melon flavor is really light— I would definitely say that it is honeydew. I’m not detecting any yogurt flavoring but it is a tad creamy.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec 1 g 2 OZ / 59 ML
Angrboda

My father once, on a family trip, woke my uncle up by dangling a piece of freshly fried bacon under his nose, (Said uncle loves bacon) and as soon as he was awake stuffed it in his mouth. My uncle says it’s the weirdest way he’s ever been woken up in his life. Pleasant, but weird. :)

albertocanfly

hahaha, oh my goodness! That is absolutely amazing!!! :D I bet you he was a happy camper for the rest of the day!

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I like teas that stand out from the crowd, but not just if they are different. They have to be different with a VERY pleasing twist. This is a malty, hearty black tea that I can drink every day.

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I read another recent review on this that made me pull my sample out to try. I am sorry to say it just doesn’t appeal to me. It tastes so GREEN. I really don’t like my teas to taste too green. This is probably due to an undeveloped palate, I’m willing to concede. I’m having a hard time making it through the cup. I am sure that nothing is wrong with it, it’s just not a good match for me.

donkeyteaarrrraugh

I’m with you currently on the green thing…. I don’t want my tea to taste like what the lawnmower spit out…or my goats eat…. I need fermentation! :) Currently I even have trouble with Darjeeling and Oolong! I sure hope that changes in the future…..

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Another tea that was in the HHRound#2 teabox. This had been on my wishlist! I think there were closer to two teaspoons than one though, and I could kind of tell in the resulting flavor, since it was a little brisk. The leaves were small (or crumbled apart by that point) so that didn’t help either. But…

WHOA MELON. They aren’t lying. It tastes like pure cantaloupe! It’s like the Butiki blend. I didn’t see any melon in the dry blend (or yogurt pieces) so it must be the flavoring. So much melon though! Very nice. The second steep had just as much melon flavor, I sipped the cup so fast! The next morning there was a bit left in the mug, but drinking it was very sour for some reason. So this one is winner, just don’t leave it overnight!

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
795 tasting notes

Trying this again. It has a nice alcohol like scent full of tirimisu, but when I sip it ends up a little flat. There is a little sweetness to it and then it all goes away. Weird tingling at the back of my throat. Kind of sad.

Jim

Did you order from them offline?? I placed an order with them but they never sent me a shipping conformation nor did they respond to my e-mail, so i’m a little worried. How long did it take for your tea to arrive?? Thanks — Jim

Dustin

I think I ordered from their website. It was a couple years ago now and I don’t remember how long it took to reach me. Do they have a customer service number you could call?

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
795 tasting notes

I finally ordered this tea and it doesn’t taste anything like the sample I pulled from a traveling tea box a while back. It smells like alcohol, exactly like tiramisu, but tastes odd. The sip is very light and has a split second of being floral and the tiramisu flavor comes in on the aftersip. It doesn’t have enough of a base like tiramisu has from the coffee. There is a slick of oil on the top of my tea and side of my cup from the white chocolate chips. This tea is kinda weird and doesn’t at all compare to Teavana’s long gone rooibos tiramisu like I was hoping it would. The search for a replacement goes on.

Preparation
205 °F / 96 °C 4 min, 0 sec

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drank Tiramisu by California Tea House
795 tasting notes

I have seen this tea on Steepster for a while and have been trying not to get my hopes up that it would taste like Teavana’s long discontinued Tiramisu Treviso rooibos. Then along came a traveling tea box with this stuff in it. As it steeped I could smell a familiar scent. I took out the last of my stash of the Teavana version to compare and it looks promisingly similar! There were a few differences, but that could be due to it being bottom of the tin. Tasting it… it is almost identical! No, it doesn’t really taste like traditional tiramisu, but it does taste like delicious in an evening cup. This one tastes slightly flat which could be due to kicking around in a traveling box for a while, but I * think * I finally found the same tea! I am SO excited and need to order some now! Teavana broke my heart, but California Tea House is teaching me to love again! Thank you to whoever put this tea in the tea box to share! You have no idea how happy you have made me!

Now if I could only find a cookie similar to the discontinued Stella Doro Apricot Peach cookies I used to eat as a kid, my life would be complete!

Preparation
Boiling 4 min, 0 sec

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Hmmm…. light… grassy… melony. It is a strange mix with the grass notes in there. When I sweeten it the grass notes change to more of a tart note and I can imagine the yogurt part better. This is okay, but I’m not taken by it.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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