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Mellow Monk

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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
2169 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
2169 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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97
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

Revisiting a bit of this as I close-up my night of swap prep. In the past 2 weeks I have yanked over 120 different teas from my cupboards! Woot! Sharing the TEA LOVE :)

I’m going to have another cup of this tomorrow and/or Monday and will TRY and part with the rest :)

Relmaster

WOW..That is a mighty large Cupboard ;) I only have 32 teas so far..Lol ;-)

TeaEqualsBliss

once get get caught up I could send you some from my stash :)

Relmaster

I would highly appreciate that ;) I love green and oolong teas ,especially “jasmine dragon phoenix pearls”!! I would love to get into the world of Pu-erh’s..they seem complex!! I have never tried one before…I don’t even know where to start ;-) ??

TeaEqualsBliss

Sure! I can throw a mystery pack together for ya! :) Various tea from several companies – anything from a cupsworth to several cups-worth

Relmaster

Ohh WOW..Thank you soo much,…that would be awesome ;-))

ashmanra

Relmaster: if you go to Teavivre’s website they may still be offering free samples to anyone with a blog or who reviews on sites like steepster. It is an awesome company, great tea, great service, and great prices.

Relmaster

Do you what the website link is for the free samples? I couldn’t find it?!!

Relmaster

Thank you very much DaisyChubb.. I signed up for the free samples ..Yayyy !!! I love Steepster..everyone is sooo nice and informative…Awesome !!

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92
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
240 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
240 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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80
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
4 tasting notes

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96
drank Crimson Grove by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

OMG! Yesterday I didn’t know how little of this I had left and ended up finishing it! OH NO!!!!! I savored every minute tho! This is GRAND! I went thru a lot of it and FAST tho! I miss this already! I had 4 cups tho! SIPDOWN and BACKLOG :)

TeaBrat

following your tasting notes today is a little like watching a pinball game… hee hee

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67
drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
87 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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96
drank Crimson Grove by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

I really love this…can you tell? Anyhow…first two cups of the day! Backlogging. See other notes

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96
drank Crimson Grove by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging 3 lovely cups from the start of my day today…see previous notes :)

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87
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
58 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
58 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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92
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
240 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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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
4231 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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92
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
240 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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96
drank Crimson Grove by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

Black Tea ZEN in a cup! So unique – hard to compare to others…see previous notes…YUM! Upping AGAIN :)

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90
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
10 tasting notes

This green tea is fantastic. Great flavor!

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °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
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
240 tasting notes

Too tired to do a good review (local time is 12:39 am), but the tea was great, was just as good as I remember it. Got a lot of infusions out of it, and the way the taste changed throughout the steepings was interesting and delicious. Got sweeter during the last two infusions, which was interesting and refreshing when compared to many green teas I’ve had. Hopefully I won’t be too busy tomorrow, and me review will actually be substantive.

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

I LOVE this stuff. Very exquisite…and I’m not usually a sencha fan.

Joshua Smith

It really is a cut above all other senchas I’ve had. And it lasts a lot longer than my Yamakai sencha, which is even better because I drink tea all day, and four cups just doesn’t cut it.

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96
drank Crimson Grove by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

Backlogging 7 cups of this liquid gold throughout today…YESSEVEN

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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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