Review: Drink the Leaf Clouds and Mist

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Thumbs up!"Surprisingly full and rich while still maintaining an authentic "green" flavor."
CJ’s Teaview: 9/10
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drinkleafcloudsmistThe website for Drink the Leaf said this high-altitude green tea had a flavor that was "doughy."  As someone who bakes her own bread, this intrigued me.  Dough, at least for the French loaves that I make, is soft, pliant, yeasty...a bit heady due to fermentation. Would an unfermented leaf really give such a sensation?

The smell, for starters, did not.  It was quite delicate and vegetal.  Pleasant, but decidedly not "doughy."  The color was a  rich yellow that seemed  heavier  than the fine twisted leaves seemed capable of producing.  The real test, though, is always the taste.

I'm glad Drink the Leaf (DTL) provided the word, "doughy" because I don't think I would have come up with it on my own.  Cloud and Mist's flavor was so rich and full, it was  almost viscous.  The grassy, vegetal flavor faded nicely into a mellowness that hinted at sweetness, but stopped just short.  Bread is the closest thing the flavor reminded me of.  I'll be jiggered.  This tea was doughy.

It was not ONLY doughy, though.  Just like DTL claimed, it had notes of nuttiness and fresh cut hay, too.  Yup.  I tasted them both.

This may become my favorite green tea of all time.  I like pure, unadulterated greens because I like vegetal and grassy flavors. I like how they almost always finish dry.  What I have never expected from such leaves, though, is a soft and rounded finish that didn't turn tart or sweet.  I never expected a tea to remind me of making bread.  But this one surprised me.  I like surprises.

I also like teas that are easy to brew.  Cloud and Mist brews nicely in almost boiling water (about 180 degrees Fahrenheit,) and can steep for a  long time without turning bitter.  If you like a delicate green, remove the leaves after 3 minutes.  Either way, Cloud and Mist is a winner.  I rate it a 9.


— To purchase Drink the Leaf Clouds and Mist, 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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