19 Tasting Notes
As always, I love Mellow Monk. This tea is delicious! It has a stronger, more refined flavor than the Top Leaf. It’s more vegetal, and has mild berry notes, which I love. It’s buttery, and has a creamy texture. The color is a beautiful, and deep shade of green. I would definately order more of it, and keep it for those special times.
::Edit:: I just decided to try this in my gaiwan, instead of my kyusu, and wow! If I’d known that tea could taste this good, I would’ve been living off the stuff! I had to bump the rating up, and edit the preparation details. This is a truely special cup of tea.
I love Mellow Monk. All of their teas are great, and this one is no exception. It packs a potent bitter quality, which makes it a nice after-meal drink. I enjoy it enough to order it again, but not enough to keep it in stock considering that the Top Leaf steals the show, and gives me everything I need. It was quite special.
This is my favorite! I love this like no other. I also love the company. Their customer service is awesome! I love how they use the personal touch. Their shipping is fast, and inexpensive. I especially love how they listen and respond to, not only their own customers, but also the tea drinking community, in general. They are very in-touch. They are also a green certified company, and all of their teas are organic.
Top Leaf is my top choice. It is sweet and berry-like, and has that slightly citrus tangy lip smacking quality. There’s also a hint of sweet butteriness, like corn on the cob. I love the smell of the dry leaf, too. It smells of sweet mellon and honey suckle. The color is quite beautiful. I always order a lot, because I drink it down, fast. It leaves me feeling centered, clean, and relaxed. I crave it all day long.
I thought that this tea was enjoyable. It wasn’t as yummy as Rishi’s tieguanyin, though. It may have just been a little old, too. There was a slight dinginess to it. It was only slightly perfumed, and had a creaminess to it. It wasn’t sweet, or roasty, as you’d expect. I was also put off by the price. Way overpriced! I tried it both gonfu style, and mesh basket style. Neither seemed better.
Mmm! I love the coconut! The tea has a light perfumey background, and a slightly creamy texture. The smell is amazing! I love this as a desert tea, or when I just want to relax. Very soothing. I always want more of it. I will probably order more. I prepared it gongfu style, with a gaiwan.
This is a perfumey tea. I liked it a lot better than the Iron Goddess. It has more of what makes the tieguanyin interesting. The only thing which turns me off, is that it’s quite dainty. Albeit, that’s not a bad thing. I would enjoy this with perfumey entrees, sushi, and even fruity deserts. I’ll bet it would even pair well with some indian food. I prepared it gongfu style, with a gaiwan.
This was my second tieguanyin. My first was from Teavana, which tasted a bit stale. This is much better. Although, I wasn’t blown away. It’s too light to be an everyday tea, and too subtle to impress. I would almost keep it stocked. It’s slightly perfumed, and has a light roasty flavor. I prepared it gongfu style, in a gaiwan.
I used to like Earl Grey, and I heard that this is the best. I have to admit, it was just OK to me. It made me realize that I don’t enjoy Earl as much as I thought. My main gripe is that it was too perfumey, and the bergamot was overpowering. I enjoyed it, just fine, but I wasn’t blown away.
I like this tea. I prepared it gongfu style, in a gaiwan. I can taste the sweet raisin notes, etc. It does smell and look a bit like leaves off the forest floor, though. Albeit, that’s not a bad thing. The flavor is medium. Not really light or brisk. Just in between. Exactly as a oolong should be. Tastes almost like Lipton, but lighter and more creamy. Almost no bitterness, or astringency. I would recommend it, and keep it stocked.