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Mellow Monk

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88
drank Crimson Grove by Mellow Monk
33 tasting notes

This tea is different. The leaves looked chopped up. The liquid was a dark color and It has a smooth and woody flavor. It is like a darker oolong tea. I like this tea’s flavor.

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82

I liked this tea. It had a vaguely sweet flavor. It did not have much of the fishy seaweed flavor. I have tasted that flavor in other teas.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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8
drank Harmony by Mellow Monk
2 tasting notes

This Genmaicha has far too much rice and far too little tea to be described as a ‘perfect balance’. I was quite disappointed by it and won’t be ordering it again, although I do wonder whether the pouch I received was representative of the Harmony blend.

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88

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.

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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35
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
2 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 15 sec

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95
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
2160 tasting notes

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.

MissB

Oh no. Feel better soon! I went gluten free about four months ago myself, and then switched to completely grain-free recently. Have yet to have an issue since… much easier for me to manage.

JustJames

i’m low grains and sugar free but for xylitol. must agree with MissB…. i feel a whole lot better. alot LIGHTER too!

TeaBrat

Hey thanks guys. I don’t think I will eliminate all grains, rice and corn don’t seem to bother me much and I already have a laundry list of things I can’t or won’t eat including meat and dairy so it’s getting hard to know what’s left. :)

JustJames

i’m fine with rice, i’m staying away from yeast, sugar and simple carbs. life seems a lot better!

Bonnie

I’m glad I can have dairy (no aged cheese) because I’m allergic to nightshade foods, beans (green, peas, soy, lentils…all of them) and tomato, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, licorice,rooibos etc. Keep the wheat and sugar low, no beef and lots of veggies!

TeaBrat

Bonnie, that stinks! I have problems eating anything from the allium family (onions and garlic) although nightshades don’t bother me from what I can tell.

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86

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).

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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74
drank Shaded Leaf by Mellow Monk
33 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
1 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
2160 tasting notes

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!

Preparation
Iced 8 min or more
CHAroma

For some reason, top leaf makes me think of top shelf. Is this a high quality variety of tea?

TeaBrat

it is… very good quality and very pricey. :)

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62
drank Frosty Garden by Mellow Monk
33 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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76
drank Harmony by Mellow Monk
33 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 0 sec
debrica

I like this tea too.

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80
drank Blissful Buds by Mellow Monk
58 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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80

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.

Preparation
140 °F / 60 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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95
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
2160 tasting notes

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! :))

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec
Tea Sipper

It’s good to hear you are doing better!

Fjellrev

I’m glad to hear it too!

TeaBrat

thanks… :)

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96
drank Yuzu Dream by Mellow Monk
2160 tasting notes

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.

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93
drank Harmony by Mellow Monk
4 tasting notes

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Preparation
185 °F / 85 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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100
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
4 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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93
drank Blissful Buds by Mellow Monk
4219 tasting notes

Backlog:

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/

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95
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
22 tasting notes

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.

Sixie

Achievement unlocked: daily drinker status!

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98
drank Frosty Garden by Mellow Monk
2160 tasting notes

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

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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95
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
22 tasting notes

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