Vanessa’s Teaview Snapshot
|"The flavor is rather complex, and while it can lend itself to midnless or less contemplative sipping, if you really focus on this tea, you'll draw out smoky, malty, fruity, cocoa, and spicy notes."|
Crimson Grove is my very first taste of a Japanese black tea. I have always read that Japanese black tea is made in very small quantities, as the vast majority of tea coming from Japan is green tea. The Mellow Monk website states that this tea is "made from the leaves of green tea varietals grown in the pristine foothills of Mt. Aso". The dry blend is has a strong toasted brownish-black color. The leaves vary in size from long to smaller broken bits. The aroma of the dry blend is divine and gives a brief teaser of the flavors offered in the infusion. I infused my leaves in boiling water for three minutes. The tea was completely appealing, and I can't really find anything negative to say about it. This is a bold and brisk black tea. Although it is a full-bodied tea, it does not become flat or heavy on the palette, but instead offers a brisk and crisp flavor. The flavor is rather complex, and while it can lend itself to midnless or less contemplative sipping, if you really focus on this tea, you'll draw out smoky, malty, fruity, cocoa, and spicy notes. There is also a very mild underlying earthy flavor, which is often hidden in most black teas. Worth noting also is the absolute lack of bitter or stale flavors.
Overall, I was very impressed with my first Japanese black tea. Seeing as this is a rather uncommon tea, I expected it to be very expensive. At $18.95 for 100 grams, this may not be the cheapest tea on the market, but it seems a fair price for a rarer tea that is mighty tasty. I'll plan on buying some of this for myself, and would recommend this to others who are curious about Japanese black teas, or to anyone who is looking for his/her next full-flavor black tea, regardless of origin. .
— To purchase Mellow Monk Crimson Grove, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.
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