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Brewing this up for the first time was an interesting experience. I’m not the biggest fan of melon, but the premise of cantaloupe flavored tea was too intriguing not to try. I gave the bag a sniff upon opening and was met with surprisingly little fragrance. Okay, I thought, maybe it’ll smell stronger once it’s steeping. It did, but not by much.

The taste was pretty nice – it had a subtle floral-fruity thing going on, much like an actual cantaloupe. It was pleasant and thoroughly sippable, but it didn’t quite wow me. Then I added a tiny drizzle of agave.

BAM, fruity-creamy-juicy goodness, just like a slice of cantaloupe with a smidgen of cream. Maybe better. It was just as tasty after it had cooled to room temperature as it was hot, and probably would be awesome iced. I gotta get me some more of this.

Thank you Stacy for the sample, and the triple-take!

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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I grew up in New Jersey drinking Celestial Seasonings, and now I live in England, where I developed a taste for a good builder’s brew. Sometime in 2012 I bought my first loose teas, and my collection has since spiraled out of control. Still quite a novice, due to not drinking enough tea to keep pace with the amount I keep buying.

Some things I’m pretty sure I do like:
- most florals (jasmine, orange blossom, osmanthus, etc)
- buttery, vegetal greens
- malty blacks (usually with milk & sugar)
- oolongs that aren’t too heavily roasted

All tasting notes use unfiltered hard tap water, unless otherwise specified.

No real method to my numerical ratings yet, but we’ll see what develops.

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Bristol, UK

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