Review: Mellow Monk Frosty Garden

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Thumbs up!" Prominent are vegetal, sweet flavors with a clean aftertaste. There's a vague grassiness to the tea along with buttery smoothness."
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Once you've tried a tea company and had some real winners from them, you tend to become a dedicated follower of any new teas they come out with. I am always keen to see what kind of new offerings come out from Mellow Monk, even if they are only new to me. I have consistently enjoyed the fine Japanese green tea offerings from them and always learn something new when I visit their website.


This particular offering is another beautiful tea. The color is simply superb. It's a deep and archetypal green - short to medium in length and punctuated with many pieces of lighter green straw like pieces. Here's what Mellow Monk has to say about Frosty Garden. "Frosty Garden™ combines high-grade Kumamoto-style guricha with tea leaf stems. The stems, in addition to being rich in theanine, impart a creamy sweetness that exquisitely compliments the herbaceous sweetness of the leaves to yield a savory flavor."

I follow their brewing instructions and use a teaspoon of leaf to 8 ounces of water brought to as close on 167 as I can come. I allow a two minute initial infusion and pour out a pale but strongly golden green cup of tea.

The taste is clean and remarkable in that it is again almost archetypal in it's "green tea-ness." It tastes right. Prominent are vegetal, sweet flavors with a clean aftertaste. There's a vague grassiness to the tea along with buttery smoothness. A slight bitter flavor is imparted to the middle of the sip and a slight dryness closes the sip. Delicious!

As the tea cools slightly, buttery and creamy flavors are enriched and come forward. I loved this tea. It was straightforward, unfussy for a lovely green and very enjoyable to all the senses.

— To purchase Mellow Monk Frosty Garden, 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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