So time for round two of this melon tea extravaganza. This has a subtle cantaloupe/honeydew scent dry. I will admit to cheating a little with the amount of leaf used, going by my previous two instances of following the brewing instructions to a T (again, major punface) with Butiki teas.
In the cup, the melon flavour remains, but with an added smoothness to it. Taste wise, the flavouring is fairly subtle, and nicely rounded off by the ‘cream’ element, which, to me, carries some sweetness and is definitely close to being a full-on vanilla-esque note.
Placed in the larger melon tea context, the cream really sets this one apart – of course it’s impossible to compare it to a boozy Lupicia oolong like the one I tried yesterday, which is bound to offer so much more complexity of flavour, but something like cream or vanilla would have made that tea impossible to resist.
Again, I stress the tentative nature of this grade, seeing as I have more melon teas to try.
[From my Butiki order to Santa Clara, October 2013.]