|"The flavor of this tea is pretty intense, with spinach-grassy notes dominating. However, a natural, yet not overwhelming, sweetness tea that keeps the vegetal flavors in check."|
Past experience with this type of tea has taught me that the water must not be too hot and the infusion time must not be too lengthy. Thus, I prepared my tea using steaming water and a two minute infusion. The tea is a mossy greenish-yellow color with a strong seaweed/vegetal aroma. After infusion, the leaves looked much like chopped spinach. The flavor of this tea is pretty intense, with spinach-grassy notes dominating. However, a natural, yet not overwhelming, sweetness tea that keeps the vegetal flavors in check. I also noted that the tea has a thick mouthfeel to it, almost like a sort of creaminess. The Mellow Monk website mentions grapefruit overtones, but I have to admit that I really didn’t taste any such flavor.
Even though the Mellow Monk website doesn’t mention it, tamaryokucha typically can be used for a brief second infusion. So I heated up more water and re-steeped the leaves for 30 seconds. The appearance of the second infusion is pretty similar to that of the first. The flavor is notably weaker and offers little more than a remnant of the green tea power that was packed into the first infusion. Clearly, the first infusion is where this tea shines.
Overall, this is a nice example of a tamaryokucha. I am, admittedly, no expert on tamaryokucha, and have had only had a few other offerings with which to compare this one. But I can say that this offering packs a more intense green tea flavor than others that I have had. It is smooth, not bitter, but definitely very green.
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