I’m finally getting around to tasting the last of my new teas from my two Butiki orders. I was hesitant to try this one after tasting the cantaloupe and cream. Both of the teas had a really nice melon smell mixed in with something funky smelling (to me at least). After I steeped this up per the instructions on the package, I could still smell that weird smell. It’s hard to describe. Maybe like something is spoiling? The tea starts off tasting wonderfully melon (but again, very similar to cantaloupe and cream), but then ends with that weird taste that I could smell earlier. Perhaps it is something about the flavorings that I’m sensitive to? I’m really sad about it because other than that weird smell and aftertaste, the melon is so wonderfully light and delicious! I will have to do some investigating and experimenting to figure this out (hopefully).

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I’m a California girl temporarily located in Boston for school (brrr). I only recently got into teas because I’ve never really liked coffee (too bitter), but I have been a daily barley tea drinker since I was little.

Through some timid tastings and exploring, I so far like:
-Japanese green teas (genmaicha, hojicha, sencha, etc)
-Oolongs! (Most kinds except formosa and dan cong so far)
-Straight black teas
-English Breakfast teas
-Fruity teas (peach, apple, strawberry, other berries)

NOT a huge fan of rooibos, matcha, heavily artificial tasting teas, or anything gingery or peppery, but I’m trying to keep an open mind and taste everything that I can!

I’m trying to sample more straight teas and have been having pretty awesome discoveries so far. Thank goodness for sample sizes!

My tentative rating system:
90-100: Woohoo! I’m loving it, and I’m definitely restocking when I get the chance and/or crying when I’m out.

80-90: Yum! I’ll try to restock if it fits in my budget when I run out.

70-80: Probably would not buy again, but it was nice enough to finish the cup.

50-70: Would not choose this tea for myself if given the situation, but would not reject it if someone offered it to me and would gulp down politely.

50 or less: Nope. Don’t care to taste that tea again, sorry!

I’m always down to swap, so send me a message if anything in my cupboard is calling your name!

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