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92
drank Harmony by Mellow Monk
79 tasting notes

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92
drank Harmony by Mellow Monk
79 tasting notes

This is the first of the teas I’ve ordered from Mellow Monk, and I’m extremely pleased! :) The tea base itself is great and smooth, and the nuttiness of the toasted rice make this a nice tea suitable for any time of day! Can’t wait to try more teas by them.

Preparation
195 °F / 90 °C

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98
drank Frosty Garden by Mellow Monk
2353 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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98
drank Frosty Garden by Mellow Monk
2353 tasting notes

hmm. not much more to say about this one aside from the fact that it is sooo delicious and one of my favorite Japanese green teas. see previous notes for more details.

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

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98
drank Frosty Garden by Mellow Monk
2353 tasting notes

This is one of my favorite Japanese green teas and I will be getting some more when it runs out… see previous notes for more info. I am really enjoying it today, it’s so fresh and sweet tasting for a sencha.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 3 min, 0 sec
Scatterbrain

Mmm, sencha.

TeaBrat

Indeed!

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98
drank Frosty Garden by Mellow Monk
2353 tasting notes

Green tea of the morning – yeah I brought this one to work and I sure do like it. :) It’s a bit pricey but you can get 2-3 steeps out of it. Come on theanine! Do your job. ;-)

CupofTree

I’m curious, do you often find a significant change in your mood or something else from the theanine?

TeaBrat

yes, it’s sort of a relaxed alertness

CupofTree

hm good to know, maybe I should switch to green tea in the morning instead of black, I’m feeling nothing from black tea

TeaBrat

Japanese green tea has the most theanine, esp. gyokuro

CupofTree

thank you, must try gyokuro then. especially since just learning its a “shade” tea. I do love shade over direct sunlight lol and found I haven’t enjoyed sencha much.. maybe I’ll like this better.

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98
drank Frosty Garden by Mellow Monk
2353 tasting notes

This came in my recent order with Mellow Monk so I thought I’d try it out today…

This was steeped for around 90 seconds at approx. 170F (I was guesstimating)

Ooooh, I really like this! A light green sencha with white stems. My tea liquor is a light chartreuse color. This is exceedingly mild and mellow, perhaps because of the white stems? It ha a definite brothy, vegetal tone with slight notes of seaweed and a sweet finish with a tad bit of astringency, a slight grapefruit element here.

I’m a big fan of Japanese green teas and this one is really nice! Mellow Monk describes it as luscious and I would agree. It just kind of rolls around on your tongue in a delightful manner. One of my favorite senchas to date.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 1 min, 30 sec
TeaEqualsBliss

Oh! I haven’t tried this one! Sounds awesome tho!!!

ScottTeaMan

I thought this might be a blended Sencha, but doesn’t appear to be. Sounds awesome!! Glad you enjoy it Amy. :))

Scatterbrain

On my list! There’s something about drinking sencha that makes you feel fantastic, you know?

TeaBrat

@Kwinter – YES!

Scatterbrain

Don’t get me wrong, I love Chinese green tea, but Japanese tea is just so FRESH and full of life!

TeaBrat

I do not like Chinese green tea nearly as much as Japanese green tea.

Scatterbrain

Same here now that I think about it haha. The only Chinese greens I’ve had that I really loved are jasmine pearls and dragonwell, and I have to be in the right mood for them.

Garret

Well, then, we might have to have you try the cloud and mist or the valley peak. I visited both these farms when in China. Pretty dang great! When you two come for tea tomorrow afternoon, we’ll make some :)

TeaBrat

Garret – I do like your Valley Peak quite a lot!

Garret

That’s right! I remember that now. You’re still invited for tea tomorrow, though :) We will drink some of the new mandala raw cakes that are just arriving. I have them up on the site. 3 new 100grammers. Time for bed here in MN! My early morning run comes a lot earlier when I get to bed this late! Have a great night, my friend!!

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96
drank Yuzu Dream by Mellow Monk
2353 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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96
drank Yuzu Dream by Mellow Monk
2353 tasting notes

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.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 30 sec

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96
drank Yuzu Dream by Mellow Monk
2353 tasting notes

I decided to switch over to green tea and I’m enjoying this yuzu green tea by Mellow Monk… it is delightful. I have to say I have been very impressed with all of their teas but I am partial to this and the fnow garden, both so delicious. I can see I will need to try the others soon! See previous notes for more details.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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96
drank Yuzu Dream by Mellow Monk
2353 tasting notes

My first order arrived from Mellow Monk! Do I need any more green tea? Er… ummm… well, in fact no! I just couldn’t resist once they got their new stock in.

I wanted to try this one out this afternoon, though I am a little wired already from having some gyokuro matcha with lunch. I followed the MM instructions which said to steep for 2 minutes @ 170F — I guesstimated.

There’s a TON of dried yuzu peel in this package. My cup ended up being a light yellow so I was somewhat worried about the flavor, but it’s delightful, IMO. The yuzu lends a grapfruity/lemon note and I am definitely picking up on the rose element. It’s got a lightly sweet and tart flavor and the green tea is just lending a slightly vegetal quality with a hint of berry. Hmm. This is good, I like it! Very refreshing for the afternoon. I bet this would also be good iced or mixed with some sparkling water as an apertif.

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

I’ve gotta try some of their teas soon.

TeaBrat

yeah, this is my first batch. so far, so good…

Scatterbrain

Did you by chance get the Top Leaf or Shaded Lead? You should try the two greens from Ito En that I’ve been reviewing recently, they’re really good.

gmathis

Much inexperience here; never had the pleasure of meeting a yuzu!

Scatterbrain

I don’t know if you have Wegman’s over in your part of the country but they sell it in bulk there if you have any nearby. You could get just get an ounce to try it out.

gmathis

Nope, no Wegman’s in my part of the world. We are a strange family…one of our great joys when we travel is to traipse up and down the aisles of local grocery stores like they were museums.

Charles Thomas Draper

Now you are making me thirsty for flavored teas.

ashmanra

Gmathis: I do the same! When I go to Raleigh I have to go through Whole Foods and the Fresh Market, and sometimes A Southern Season in Chapel Hill. You mentioned getting bulk bin tea. I JUST discovered that our health food store has a little cubby of a room at the back with the raw sugar I so excitedly buy in Raleigh! And they had TEA! Like yours! I haven’t purchased any yet, but I will soon!

TeaBrat

@Kwinter – I also got the Top Leaf and the Frosty Garden, I hope to try them soon.

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80
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
4 tasting notes

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67
drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
88 tasting notes

I am not a great drinker of green teas, but I am trying more each day to see how my preferences may alter!

I got this in a box of samples and must say it’s pretty tasty. The initial aroma of the liquor was a little overpoweringly like fresh seaweed, so I let my cup set a moment before proceeding much. As it cooled slightly, the scent was less pervasive and the flavor of the tea itself became more to my taste!

It’s a very solid, general green tea. It is lightly vegetal but not overpowering in any flavor. It’s definitely a mellow brew, and that suits me right now! I’m trying to determine where to draw the line between “grassy” and “seaweedy” in flavor, but this sort of balances between the two for me.

Not my favorite tea, as I don’t drink green teas with much frequency as I noted. But it definitely is going to be considered whenever I am in the mood for a mild flavored tea.

Preparation
175 °F / 79 °C 2 min, 45 sec
Spoonvonstup

Have you tried anything else from Mellow Monk? They all share that wonderful, mellow profile- the values are clear to see in the taste of their tea.
If you’re making any other orders to MM, I really enjoyed the Top Leaf and (even more so) the Shaded Leaf. Shaded leaf in particular has a distinctive sweetness that’s just like honey nut cheerios to me.

Dinah Saur

I haven’t yet! But thanks for the suggestions. I’m totally going to place an order sometime soon. :D

Kashyap

try this: cover the tea with cold water (just enough to cover the leaves) and then put your kettle on the boil…use the cold water like a heat shield and a preextractor and when you add the hot, pour off nearly immediatly and see what complexity you get from it…i think you may be surprised :)

Spoonvonstup

That sounds fun! Thanks for the tip, Kashyap. I’ll have to try that, too. Usually I just try and pour directly onto the side of the vessel from a height to help prevent shocking the poor leaves.

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87
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
68 tasting notes

A delicious and wonderful sencha. Not-too-intensely vegetal (cooked greens) in the first infusion, slightly less vegetal with a hint of stringency in the second, and pleasantly astringent in the third. A great value indeed for the price!

First infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 65 deg., 50 sec.

Second infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 60 deg., 1 min.

Third infusion – 5 g. per 8 oz. water, 55 deg., 10 min.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 0 min, 45 sec

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75
drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
68 tasting notes

Interesting tea, as it is my first guricha. Honeyed & fruity sweetness in the first brew, mildly astringent in the second. A pleasant tea, very mild, and great value for the price.

First infusion — 3 g. per 8 oz. water, 65 deg., 1 min.

Second infusion — 3 g. per 8oz. water, 65 deg., 10 min.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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100
drank Harmony by Mellow Monk
1 tasting notes

The best of the three I’ve tried!

Preparation
190 °F / 87 °C 1 min, 30 sec

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88
drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
4366 tasting notes

Delightful! Thank you to TeaEqualsBliss for sending me a bit of this tea. Its one of the nicest Guricha teas I’ve tasted. It tastes so sweet and mild and smooth. An earthy taste to it, but not too strong, I would classify the earthiness as more of a vegetative earthiness. It has a pleasant nutty flavor to it too.

A very nice tea indeed.

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88
drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
10 tasting notes

I don’t care what anyone says, this is a very good and affordable sencha. I prefer the Top Leaf but when trying to save money I turn to this tea for my daily fix of Japanese tea.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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88
drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
10 tasting notes

So good. This tea always puts a smile on my face – especially on a cold morning. During the second and third steeps I tend to taste a slightly salty flavor. I’m not quite sure what it is but I like it.

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 3 min, 0 sec

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92

One of the smoothest Japanese style tea’s I’ve ever had. No astringent or bitter taste to it at all. This is a good staple to have in your stash to get your Japanese tea fix.

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92
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
242 tasting notes

Once again, I’m drinking a neglected Sencha and wondering why the hell I haven’t been drinking this more regularly. The first cup was made using barely steaming water, steeping the leaves for a minute since this tea is also a bit picky. The result is very sweet, with a pleasant grassy taste and subtle fruity notes, and a smooth, clean finish. I could definitely drink this every day, but sadly I’m running low, and apparently Mellow Monk is waiting on the next shipment…darn.

TeaBrat

I want to try this when the new shipments come in. ;)

Joshua Smith

I would buy more, but I really need to work my way through more of my current stash first. Between my Verdant Tea binge and the latest set of sample from Teavivre, I just have so much tea on hand…

First world problems at their finest.

Bonnie

So sorry for your problems with too much tea wahhhh! Hahaha!

TeaBrat

welcome to my world. :-P

Joshua Smith

Heh, it’s nice to know that I don’t suffer alone XD

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92
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
242 tasting notes

Yesterday I started the weekend with decadence, today I went with something a bit simpler. That, and I need to use up my green tea before it’s shelf life ends. As usual, I used water that was putting off steam, but only just, which usually results in a very pleasant sweet tea. Today was no exception, with the first infusion being a perfect sweet grass and vegetables. Hopefully the next infusion will be just as good.

Preparation
150 °F / 65 °C 2 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
242 tasting notes

I’m not actually sure what the water temperature was, as my dad had just recently made tea, and the water had been sitting for a bit by the time I got there…

Anyway, The only thing to note so far is that the tea isn’t as sweet as usual, and the grassiness is surprisingly subdued.

Again, my dad has been monopolizing the teapot today, so the water was most likely too warm for the second (and last) infusion. This time the tea was a bit astringent, where normally this tea does not demonstrate this flavor at this stage. Regardless, it’s still a very goo tea, and better than two of my other senchas.

For more information, see my previous notes on this tea.

Preparation
3 min, 0 sec

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92
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
242 tasting notes

I did a bit of an experiment today, and brewed this at a really low temperature to see what happens. The aroma of the tea was softer than usual, and it was actually more pleasing as it wasn’t overpowering.

The taste of the first infusion was perfect. There was no astringency, no bitterness, and only a hint of grassiness in the taste. Truly this is a prime example of a Sencha.

The second infusion was a flash infusion, steeped for 30 seconds, and was very similar to the first, but the taste of the tea was a bit mellower, with the grassiness fading further. The third infusions was actually bordering on being sweet while still having a touch of grassiness. This was also a flash infusion, but it still produced excellent results.

The fourth and fifth infusions were very mellow, with no grassiness and were sweeter than previous infusions. The taste became very generic during the fifth infusion, which signaled the end of the session.

I think that the bottom line of this little experiment, is that this tea benefits greatly from brewing at low temperature and with short infusions. This resulted in a fantastic tea, which was even better than I remembers, and which certainly earned it’s top place among my teas.

Preparation
145 °F / 62 °C
TeaBrat

That sounds great – I might have to get some!

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