Review: Mellow Monk Artisan’s Reserve

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Thumbs up!"The green flavor is mild and accompanied by nutty, sweet, woodsy,and fruity flavor notes too. This is a very satisfying green tea that left me craving the next cup"
Vanessa’s Teaview: 9.5/10
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While I can't claim to be an expert on green tea, particularly Japanese green tea, I do feel it is safe for me to say that Mellow Monk, which offers Japanse green tea, is a superior tea company. I have yet to sample a product of theirs that hasn't impressed me and Artisan Reserve, the focusc of this review, is no different. Artisan's Reseve green tea is a combination of shaded and sun-grown leaves, both of which are deeply steamed (fukamushi). Upon a cursory sniff and initial first sip, this tea delivers classic Japanese green tea flavor. As I really concentrated on this tea, however, I realized that this tea has a fairly solid complexity to it. Yes,there is a noted grass or spinach greenness that just comes with the territory of green tea. However, rather than being vegetal to the point of being off-putting, this greenness comes as a milder flavor. It is accompanied by nutty, sweet, woodsy,and fruity flavor notes too. This tea has an almost creamy mouthfeel, and seems much less watery than other green teas. What struck me most about this tea was its accessibility. By that statement, I mean that this tea seems like a product that will be openly embraced by the green tea afficionado but also pleasantly received by the newcomer to green tea who maybe has been turned off by overly vegetal or spinachy flavored green teas. This is a very satisfying green tea that left me craving the next cup. In fact, as soon as I finish typing up this review, I think I'll put the kettle on...

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