|"The yuzu seems an excellent pairing to this brothy and buttery green tea. Its flavor is subtle but with complexity and the bittersweet aspects of it seem a near perfect match to the green tea itself. "|
Yuzu is a fruit that I had no experience with until I began drinking tea in earnest several years ago. It's a citrus fruit commonly seen in Asia that is somewhat like grapefruit. I've enjoyed it's bitter citrusy sweetness in tea's past and I've enjoyed every tea I've ever tried from Mellow Monk, so this was an easy pairing to look forward to.
The tea itself is a beautiful thing to behold. The dark black/jade color of the leaves is a perfect backdrop to the many small pieces of dried yuzu peel. What a contrast it makes!
Here is what Mellow Monk's website has to say about Yuzu Dream. "Yuzu Dream™ is an exquisite blend of first-flush fukamushi tamaryokucha and dried peel from yuzu, arisinally grown on small orchards. The tamaryokucha ("curly green tea") is of the same quality as our award-winning Top Leaf™. Both the tea and yuzu are specially selected and blended by the tea artisan-grower, for an experience that is unique in the world of tea."
The scent of the tea is citrusy and spicy.
I brewed 1 teaspoon of leaf per 8 ounces of 165 degree water. I probably strayed up as high as 170 degrees and really tried not to exceed recommended tea water temperatures. The liquor was bright green, a little bit opaque. I loved the thick and brothy mouthfeel right away. Shawn noticed immediately a creamy buttery kind of feeling to the infused leaf. Very good. The citrus scenting doesn't push forward at the opening of the sip but a bittersweet citrus flavor permeates the body of the tea, building its character as you progress through each sip. A spicy citrus flavor lingers pleasantly after you swallow. The yuzu seems an excellent pairing to this brothy and buttery green tea. Its flavor is subtle but with complexity and the bittersweet aspects of it seem a near perfect match to the green tea itself.
I enjoyed every sip.
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