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Just got this in today. Upon receiving, I noticed that the tea inside the package felt very dense compared to my bag of Monk’s Choice.
On opening, I noticed that this tea was much “dustier” than Monk’s Choice. I don’t know if this has to do with the methods of the particular artisan, but it’s very similar in piece-size to what you would see if you cut open a tea bag, with some whole leaves here and there.
Scent was nice. Similar to Monk’s Choice, but a little less bold and a bit more sharp. Steeped for 1:20s. Flavor is still earthy, slightly astringent, and sweet. So note for those who buy this, steep short due to small leaf size. Very good stuff. The liquor is more actual-green looking compared to some greens/senchas i’ve had.
Handles 2nd steepings very well, probably because of low initial steep time.
After drinking this for a while, Monk’s Choice tastes weak in comparison. This is some flavorful stuff, apparently. Highly recommended.
Very overrated tea. Its possible it was not fresh, but it lack the sweetness and unami taste I associate with a high quality green tea. Personally I prefer Teavanas Premium Sencha over this stuff. IF you want something really high quality order A Japanese green from Den’s TEA!
For some reason my allergies have been going haywire today. I removed gluten for a while and then ate something with wheat in it yesterday. I’m not sure what the connection is but I guess I’m leaving the wheat alone for the time bring. I picked this tea for the afternoon because green tea always helps with my allergies and this is fresh and bright tasting. I also got a very nice second steep out of it.
Best value green I’ve ever had and one of the earthiest teas I’ve tasted. If you could brew planet Earth, this is how I would imagine it would taste. Not too sweet, very vegetal, as I see some people say around here. At $10 for 100g, you can’t beat the value. Paul at Mellow Monk is also extremely kind and helpful. CS is just fantastic. Only complaint about this tea is that resteeping doesn’t produce (in my opinion). Get’s kind of astringent and flat somehow.
Gonna check out the Kuma Green 1228 next and be the first to review it on here (as far as I see).
I like this tea. The leaf was pretty and it makes a bright green liquid. It has a different scent and taste. The scent is almost like vanilla. It has a smooth almost vanilla with grass flavor. It does not have a lot of that bitter seaweed flavor. I tasted that flavor in a lot of sencha type tea.
I do have a lot of this so I tried cold brewing it yesterday and am drinking it today. I’m pretty happy with the results though it does remind me a lot of spinach. Cold spinach soup? Anyway, I like it!
I like this tea. It has an interesting taste. It has a green veggie taste and it is slightly salty. The liquid is a bright green and it is kind of thick. This tea seems a little picky with the water temperature. The flavor gets more balanced with the second and third steeping.
I like this tea. It has a nice smooth flavor and a roasted rice flavor. The liquid has a nice green color. It has one tiny flaw. This tea seems picky with the steeping time. It gets really bitter when it is steeped above the steeping time.
When brewed at a mild temperature (65 deg.), this tea is extremely light and sweet, with a slight berry-like tang to it. It needs hotter water to get the most from it. A quirky tea, for sure.
First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 70 deg., 1:00 min.
Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 70 deg., 2:30 min.
Third infusion – 5 g. per 5 oz. water, 70 deg., 10+ min.
The flavour of this tea is more subdued than other senchas from Mellow Monk. So I had to push the steeping times to get the same “punch” from this as I did from others the vendor sells.
First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 60 deg., 1:15 min.
Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 65 deg., 2:30 min.
Third infusion – 5 g. per 5 oz. water, 70 deg., 10+ min.
Green tea of the mid morning here. This is another sensational, fresh & beautiful tea from Mellow Monk. I took this to work with me to concentrate on finishing it off (so I can justify buying more stuff from Mellow Monk!)
Some teas just seem to lift your spirit and this is one for me. I was also reflecting this morning on how much happier I am than I was almost a year ago. I’ve been doing a lot of work on myself through spiritual practice and opening the heart and it seems to be working. Sending out lots of love to the Steepster universe! :))
Sipdpwn today! How sad…
I have loved this tea and the snowy garden, I think I will end up buying more of both eventually. So delicious. Today I iced this and put in one sugar packet.
I’m pretty new to the whole loose leaf tea scene, so my palate might not be as discriminating as that of a true tea connoisseur, but even I can tell that Mellow Monk’s Top Leaf is without a doubt a tea of very high quality. I’m giving it an 100 because I haven’t tasted anything better yet.
I received my order only a few days after I placed it, which was a pleasant surprise.
The tea itself is fairly smooth and has a delicate grassy taste to it that, for some reason, makes me think of the ocean.
Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me some of this tea.
A really lovely green. No big surprise, I’ve always been very impressed with Mellow Monk’s offerings. They have one of my favorite greens ever. (Top Leaf)
The leaves are so tiny, they are young buds and shoots … so tiny!!!
Sweet, very spring-like. Like fresh, new grass and leaf buds and the freshness of the spring air. Dew drops on a new blade of grass. Sweet and lovely.
Here’s my full-length review of this one: http://sororiteasisters.com/2013/03/11/blissful-buds-green-tea-from-mellow-monk/
Been on a bit of a Japanese green kick and I have tried a handful of senchas, gyokuros and a highly touted shincha over the past few months — I must say Top Leaf is the cream of the crop. For my tastes, and wallet this is the best sencha I have found yet!
Everything about this tea is very well rounded, without a single glaring flaw or characteristic dominating the flavor profile or aroma. Top Leaf brings the entire gambit of Japanese flavors together seamlessly into a full bodied and near perfectly balanced cuppa creamy green greatness: sweet, creamy, savory, nutty, vegetal, mildly oceanic with a forgiving faint citrus-like astringency. Really I can’t emphasize enough how well balanced these elements are in this particular tea, its certainly an accomplishment!
Another high point, Top Leaf is relatively flexible and forgiving with regards to brew temp and time which is not a characteristic shared with many other senchas I have encountered. It brews wonderfully mellow and sweet at gyokuro-like temperatures ~ 120 and can tolerate a full minute of 180 for the savory 2nd steep without getting overly bitter. Anything in-between is great too of course! Really, you have to completely blow it (in sencha standards!) to muck this one up.
Overall a great great sencha and certainly worthy of a spot amongst one of my favorite teas. Its exceptionally well balanced bordering on exquisite! I have gone through 3.5 oz and recently ordered more! In my opinion, you’d be hard pressed to find a better quality japanese green for the price.
It’s a sipdown!
Finished off a pouch of this today. I will miss it but am going to try and drink some of my other green teas before I buy anymore. My skeptical bf thinks I buy way more tea than I can drink. Of course he is right… lol
see previous notes for more info on this tea
Quite vegetal (think buttered steamed asparagus) on the first infusion, and mildly astringent after that. Surprisingly flavourful and long-lasting for a karigane!
First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz water, 60 deg., 45 sec.
Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg., 1:30 min.
Third infusion – 5 g. per 5 oz. water, 60 deg., 10+ min.
It’s been a while since I’ve had this one but I still LOVE it!
I think Mellow Monk will soon be the only Japanese Green tea in my cupboard (once I drink everything else, lol)
It’s so creamy and fruity, just amazing. I bumped the rating up a bit today.
This is extremely good Sencha. The Price is fantastic as well! I would recommend this to anyone. Brew it a few times too! Don’t use too hot of water or over brew.
Another awesomely awesome tea from Mellow Monk. This tea is sweet, grassy, tangy, citrusy, earthy, buttery, smooth, creamy, and yummy. The taste of this tea depends on the amount of yuzu peel to tea ratio I steep. Sometimes, it tastes more sencha-like, where it’s more sweet, grass, earthy, smooth. Other times, I get more citrus and tanginess and it tastes almost like a creamsicle. I really like it.
I typically make a flavored tea for my thermos when I go to school, and this one holds up really well in it. Again, my only gripe about this is the amount you get for the price, but I’m really enjoying Mellow Monks teas! I also would like to apologize for the sudden surge of notes and that they are so short. As I’m sure most of you know, sometimes life gets in the way of what you would like to do…in this case too much school prevents me from visiting you awesome people. But, there’s always some really awesome teas that you just have to share with everyone, and I had a slight break to let you all know about some of these awesome teas I’ve been drinking!
After having had Top Leaf, someone suggested I try this one. I’m glad I did. This tea is fantastic. It’s predominately grassy and seaweedy, it’s brothy, and has that wonderful umami taste. Yum! I’ve been drinking this almost every morning for about two weeks now. I can also get it to resteep very well at least four times before the flavor starts to diminish. I love this tea so much, my only gripe is that it’s not all that cheap for the amount you get, but I do love it, and I do like their eco practices.
The weather is beautiful today but I think my allergies are going haywire, after 2 cups of tea and a coffee this morning I am still tired. Just popped a Sudafed and thought I’d drink some of this delicious green tea.
I have been very impressed by the quality of Mellow Monk and highly recommend their products!