Review: Mellow Monk Frosty Garden Green

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Thumbs up!"An undeniably sencha flavor that is strong and assertively green, being best likened to spinach"
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7/10
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Frosty Garden is a Japanese green tea known as shiraore, which is a fancy way of saying it is sencha mixed with some leaf stems. The dry tea is mostly a dark emerald green in color, but with occasional specks of lighter colored stems. The dry leaves are very pungently scented and offer a strong green aroma that seems to fall somewhere between grass and spinach. The prepared tea (made using sub-boiling water and a two minute infusion) is a somewhat cloudy yellowish-green color. This tea has an undeniably sencha flavor that is strong and assertively green, being best likened to spinach. The flavor profile is rich and the tea has a wonderful almost thick mouth feel that I normally don't get with green tea. According to the Mellow Monk website, the stems impart a creamy sweetness to this tea. I did notice that the tea has a gentle sweetness to it and that overall, even with the rather strong vegetal flavor, the tea is well-balanced and mild. I found that I enjoyed this tea more and more as the temperature of the liquid cooled down. This is a pretty interesting green tea and it is clear this is a high quality offering. Anyone who likes sencha would probably like this, but if you're not into really vegetal green teas, this one may be a little too green for you.

— To purchase Mellow Monk Frosty Garden Green, 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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