Review: Tea Zone Monk’s Blend

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Thumbs up!"A delicious blend of black tea with vanilla and herbal notes... and an almost chocolatey taste in the background."
Clay’s Teaview: 8/10
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teazone-monks-blend.jpgWell, I am not a 'black tea' person at all. The last time I drank a black tea was years ago. But hey, you have to try new things right? Plus the leaves of this tea just smell so wonderful! They have a light chocolate undertone to the scent before the tea is brewed. The tea is from Sri Lanka and is labeled an orange pekoe tea.

Here is some information that was on the site that I found about this tea. It says it was originally used to keep monks awake through meditation. I found that very interesting.

Information: Our favorite Monk's blend is medium bodied and flavorful with piquant Ceylon character. Blended with natural flavor oils of vanilla and grenadine, which impart a smooth and unique heavenly flavor. Monk's blend is certainly a ‘mysterious' blend despite being a delicious mixture of grenadine and vanilla. Perhaps first created by Tibetan monks ...œ infused with universal life energy, this tea is a perfect all day treat; sweet and toasty with a touch of dryness and a subtle bouquet. Originally, it is believed that this blend was developed by monks to support their life's desires, especially the work that they did all by hand. Tea is an item that these monks considered good for the soul. Franciscan monks used to drink this tea to keep them awake during long periods of meditation. It is fair to say that this is an ancient and harmonious blend, as it is also used by Buddhist and Taoist monks.

I brewed one heaping Tsp in one cup of water like most teas. I brewed it for four minutes. On the site, it is recommended brewing from 3-7 minutes depending on what strength you prefer. I thought since I am not a black tea lover that I should brew at a lower time.

The tea is a very nice deep amber color, almost a rust. The smell is just wonderful. I don't even have to drink this tea to enjoy it... I could just sit and sniff it! It has a chocolate scent with some sort of berry smell, like like raspberries or something. It just smells so good!

But lets get down to taste. . .I am aware that almost everyone adds things to black tea, but on the site it said it could be consumed ‘straight-up'. So, I decided to go with that approach. I must say after smelling it and expecting great things, this tea did not disappoint! The taste is almost as wonderful as the smell. Maybe being such an herbal tea lover and being so stubborn as to not drink black teas, I have been missing out. It has a soft chocolate taste that you get in those square chocolates that are filled with raspberry filling. It is delicious! It has a perfect balance of flavors, there is a hint of vanilla that lingers in your nose after you drink it as well.

I would recommend this to anyone who likes a flavor packed cup of tea. Not just herbal tea lovers or black tea lovers but everyone.

— To purchase Tea Zone Monk’s Blend, 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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