Review: Mellow Monk Top Leaf Green Tea

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Thumbs up!"... I was able to find the sweet notes hinted at in its scent as well as a very nice creamy quality that finished each sip."
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mellowmonktopleafMellow Monk’s Top Leaf Green Tea, their top-of-the-line honcha, is from the Aso growing region of Japan.  Since this tea marks my first sample from that region I was excited to try it.  I was immediately struck by how vibrant this tea was. The dry leaves were an amazing emerald green and the small twisted and broken leaves had a scent that was sweet, yet a little salty, with a pronounced grassiness.  Brewing recommendations include using one heaping teaspoon of leaf with 167-degree water.  For the first steep, they suggest three minutes and for the second and third 30 seconds to one minute.  Three minutes seemed like a long time, but I gave it a try.

The resulting cup was a lively yellowish-green with a scent that was very sweet and inviting.  The taste however, was very strong and very green.  I wouldn’t call it exactly unpleasant, but a tangy grassiness lingered on my tongue.  I decided to try it again with a shorter steep time.  For my second cup (using the same leaves) I let the tea steep for one minute.  This was much more to my liking.  The second cup was pleasantly strong and better balanced.  With this cup I was able to find the sweet notes hinted at in its scent as well as a very nice creamy quality that finished each sip.  If you are completely new to tea or have an aversion to overly vegetal varieties, you may want to look elsewhere.  But if you enjoy strong green tea, this would be a great one to try.

— To purchase Mellow Monk Top Leaf Green Tea, 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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