I’ve just placed another order with Butiki (I’m calling it autumn/winter preperation, even though that’s debatable at best…), so it seemed the right time to begin finishing a couple of Butiki teas from previous orders. I did wonder at first how it would be possible to capture the flavour of melon in tea, but it’s achieved perfectly here. Even just opening the packet, I get a waft of sweet, juicy melon. Cantaloupe isn’t even my favourite in terms of the actual fruit, but it could be if it tasted as good as this smells! The dry mix is really pretty, with the greyish green Bai Mu Dan and the beautiful yellow helichrysum flowers. It was a treat to watch it as it brewed, which can’t be said of all that many teas.

To taste, this is absolutely perfect. The white tea base is light and delicate, mellow-tasting and slightly sweet. The melon is the true star, though, the flavour perfectly replicated and juicy besides. There’s a hint of cream, although it’s mostly in the background. Taken together, this is one of the nicest flavoured white teas I’ve had the pleasure of drinking this year. I’ve got a couple of cups worth left, so I’ll probably take this to work with me for when I need a treat to get me through the day. Beautiful stuff!

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Isn’t Butiki wonderful :)

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Hi :) I’m Sarah, 29, and I live in Norfolk in the UK. My tea obsession began when a friend introduced me to Teapigs a good few years ago now. Since then, I’ve been insatiable. Steepster introduced me to a world of tea I never knew existed, and my goal is now to TRY ALL THE TEAS. Or most of them, anyway.

I still have a deep rooted (and probably life-long) preference for black tea. My all-time favourite is Assam, but Ceylon and Darjeeling also occupy a place in my heart. Flavoured black tea can be a beautiful thing, and I like a good chai latte in the winter.

I also drink a lot of rooibos/honeybush tea, particularly on an evening. Sometimes they’re the best dessert replacements, too. White teas are a staple in summer — their lightness and delicate nature is something I can always appreciate on a hot day.

I’m still warming up to green teas and oolongs. I don’t think they’ll ever be my favourites, with a few rare exceptions, but I don’t hate them anymore. My experience of these teas is still very much a work-in-progress. I’m also beginning to explore pu’erh, both ripened and raw. That’s my latest challenge!

I’m still searching for the perfect fruit tea. One without hibiscus. That actually tastes of fruit.

You’ve probably had enough of me now, so I’m going to shut up. Needless to say, though, I really love tea. Long may the journey continue!

My rating system:

91-100: The Holy Grail. Flawless teas I will never forget.

81-90: Outstanding. Pretty much perfection, and happiness in a cup.

71-80: Amazing. A tea to savour, and one I’ll keep coming back to.

61-70: Very good. The majority of things are as they should be. A pleasing cup.

51-60: Good. Not outstanding, but has merit.

41-50: Average. It’s not horrible, but I’ve definitely had better. There’s probably still something about it I’m not keen on.

31-40: Almost enjoyable, but something about it is not for me.

11-30: Pretty bad. It probably makes me screw my face up when I take a sip, but it’s not completely undrinkable.

0-10: Ugh. No. Never again. To me, undrinkable.


Norfolk, UK

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