Review: Mellow Monk Yuzu Dream

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Thumbs up!"Mildly citrus balanced with the strongly floral backing of the yuzu."
Katie’s Teaview: 7.3/10
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Yuzu is a citrus fruit, especially popular in Japan. It's a unique flavour, hard to describe, though if I had to, I'd liken it to persimmon. It's blended with a Tamaryokucha, a unique steamed tea with curled leaves rather than straight, one of my favourites that's also tragically hard to come by. I brew one teaspoon at 167° for 2 minutes. It brews into a beautiful bright green liquor. It smells mostly vegetal and somewhat fruity, specifically yuzu.

It's a nicely balanced blend, the yuzu playing nicely with the tamaryokucha. Mildly citrus balanced with the strongly floral backing of the yuzu. The green tea takes centre stage, but the yuzu lingers on in the aftertaste.

The only thing I can see that's wrong with this is that the yuzu, as one would expect from such a punchy flavour, covers up the nuances of the green tea base. It's still a good green tea, nutty and vegetal in the unique way of a steamed green tea, but some of the subtler fruit and nut notes that you usually find in Mellow Monk's teas are covered up. That being said, I can't really see a way around that as the flavour to tea balance is actually pretty spot-on.

It's definitely unique, though that may be part of the reason I can't see myself drinking it too often. It's a good treat, though. And if yuzu is one of your favourite flavours, it's unsurpassed.

— To purchase Mellow Monk Yuzu Dream, 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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