Review: Mellow Monk Blissful Buds Green Tea

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Thumbs up!"a potent spinach flavor; the Mellow Monk describes it as "delicately herbaceous", and while I concur with the herbaceous part, I think the flavor is a bit stronger than what constitutes delicate. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7.7/10
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This tea consists of dark green , thin leaves that are slightly curled in shape. According to the Mellow Monk website, this is "a mecha, or bud tea, made from young buds and shoots". The dry leaves have a strong vegetal scent, but that strong green component is matched by a sweet, nutty element. I used 180-degree water and a three minute infusion. The brewed tea was a vibrant srping yellow-green color that was initially completely transparent, but grew more and more opaque with time.
The flavor of this tea is very much what I expect from a Japanese green tea. It carries a potent spinach flavor. The Mellow Monk describes it as "delicately herbaceous", and while I concur with the herbaceous part, I think the flavor is a bit stronger than what constitutes delicate. That's not to say I didn't like this tea (as I did, very much), but just to point out that I did find the flavor to be rather strong. The tea was a little more astringent than I was hoping for, but this astringency (or tanginess) is described as an attribute of the tea on the Mellow Monk website. I did note that as the tea became cooler, the tanginess became more subdued. I also detected a minor hint of sweetness, but not as intense of a sweet/nutty flavor as can often be readily available from other green teas, particularly those of Chinese origins.
Compared to other Japanese green teas, this is perhaps mellower in comparison, but in the grand scheme of green teas, I found this to be a rpetty flavorful offerings. Those accustomed to Japanese green teas will probably be pleased with this tea, but those new to green tea may find it a little too vegetal.

— To purchase Mellow Monk Blissful Buds Green Tea, 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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