Mad Monk Tea

Recent Tasting Notes

100

This is my first time trying out this companies tea in the San Diego area. Overall, I love this tea. Its sweet and robust, and makes you feel great for the rest of the day. They recommend brewing at 175 degrees for 1 minute, but I tend to like it even stronger, so i brew mine at around 190 degrees for 1 minute. Including all the benefits of this tea, they also get there tea straight from the source. You can also brew this tea at least 3 times from what I have noticed.
No guilt, no bitter, complete satisfaction.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec 3 g 8 OZ / 236 ML

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99

The only reason this isn’t a straight 100 is that I have the summer pickings, and have not had the opportunity to try the first flush (which Mad Monk Tea also stocks). This tea really exudes quality in every aspect: it retains flavor for many brewings (the highest I’ve gone up to is seven), the leaves are whole and beautiful, and the taste… my god, the taste… The first brewing has the most sublime buttery mouth-feel I’ve ever encountered, and the taste is sweet and divine. I’d say it tastes almost between a milk oolong and a ti-gwan-yin; it’s not as creamy as a milk oolong, but has that some of that sweetness that I haven’t tasted in a TGY. Subsequent brewings lack the strength of the initial thick oily mouth-feeling, and the vegetal side of the tea gets more pronounced. If this tea didn’t cost such a pretty penny, (which honestly, for the number of infusions you can get out of the leaves, isn’t that much at all), I’d probably drink way too much of it.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 3 min, 15 sec

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