|"while the flavor is not overly strong but is instead smooth and subtle, it is still an undeniably vegetal flavor that can only come from a green tea, particularly a Japanese green tea. "|
The dry leaves are a dark jade green color and are long and thing, somewhat resembling darkly colored grass clippings. The dry leaf has a fairly intense vegetal aroma that is accented by sweet, nutty notes. I strayed a bit from the recommnded brewing paramters (167-degree water and a 2-minute infusion) by using 175-degree water and ~3 minute infusion. I didn't notice any unpleasant qualities in the tea, such as bitterness, that would suggest that I brewed the tea improperly.
This is a mellow yet clearly defined green tea. What I mean by that is that while the flavor is not overly strong but is instead smooth and subtle, it is still an undeniably vegetal flavor that can only come from a green tea, particularly a Japanese green tea. The Mellow Monk site comments on overtones of berry and melon but I have to say that I didn't particularly detect those as much as just a general pleasing sweetness. The tea tends to linger on the tongue, leaving a hint of grassy vegetal flavor with no bitterness whatsoever. This is a high-quality, easy-drinking and smooth green tea. Because it is not as intense as its sencha counterpart, I would recommend this to those that would like to explore the world of Japanese green teas but who aren't quite ready for the full-force vegetal flavors of other stronger green teas.
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