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81
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
596 tasting notes

Interesting stuff. Hmm. Need to spend more time before rating.

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75

The white stems of the leaf are left attached and it has a unique overtone that I can’t quite describe… Perhaps ‘herbal’?

As of late November (last night, actually) this tea was renamed from “Monk’s Bliss” to “Frosty Garden.” I assumed this was done to help others differentiate between it and Mellow Monk’s “Blissful Buds.”

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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65

I can’t say I’m very fond of it’s bitter aftertaste, but from what I understand this is common with most Mecha’s.

Preparation
170 °F / 76 °C 1 min, 0 sec

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89

sencha character in a matcha powder. Walker Tea Review #286. Score=89

Cofftea

That’s quite a name when they could just say powdered sencha lol.

Geoffrey Norman

Yeah, but it tastes a lot better than the average powdered sencha, mainly because it’s powdered guricha. I cold-brew a batch everyday to take with me to work.

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91
drank Shaded Leaf by Mellow Monk
61 tasting notes

buttery sweet with a lighter but smooth broth. Walker Tea Review #282. Score= 91

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45
drank Harmony by Mellow Monk
17 tasting notes

I didn’t have any high expectations with Harmony, to be honest. I just can’t get used to the ‘nutty’ flavor, although I think that has to do more with my mature taste then anything else. It’s not bad, it’s just that it doesn’t taste like green tea (which can be a good thing for those who are not too fond of tea in general).

For best results, I suggest preparing it strong at ~1.5tsp per 8oz.

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

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85
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
17 tasting notes

Although only slightly more expensive then Monk’s Choice, it is drastically different in taste. It’s creamy and I can defiantly taste a fruity overtone of some sort, but it lacks full-bodied/grassy taste that I’ve become fond of. When I steeped it in my new glass infuser I was really surprised how green it actually was.

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

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90

As a cost-saving measure, I purchased a bag of the Matcha-Style Green Tea so I had something on hand at work. On their blog, Mellow Monk mentioned a technique on how to cold-brew the matcha in a bottle. I thought I’d give it a shot. Directions were simple: Add roughly a third of a teaspoon to the bottle of choice (I went a full teaspoon), add a splash of water, shake vigorously to remove clumps, then add full water amount, and shake vigorously again.

The result is a thick, dark liquid with some of the requisite powdered consistency. Taste-wise, it resembles a cold sencha that’s been left out. However, given that good sencha should be brewed warm, anyway, that’s not a detraction. It’s more vegetal and kale-like when cold, unlike it’s warmed version. However, that settles into a melon-like note later on aftertaste. Overall, a decent alternative than succumbing to Starbucks.

Preparation
Iced 0 min, 15 sec

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90

Powdered sencha is pretty much considered “ghetto” matcha, since real matcha uses tencha leaves that are given extra shading. This one breaks the formula a little bit for being a powdered tamaryokucha (or curly green tea); probably the only type of sencha I’ll ever drink again.

The flavor is slightly grassy, but also possesses a melon-like note similar to a white tea, and ends on a sweet (if vegetal) finish. It may not be top-o’-the-line matcha, but it’s a high grade substitute. After my review sample, I actually had to buy a batch. I think it’ll last me four months or so.

Full Review:

http://www.teaviews.com/2010/10/25/review-mellow-monk-matcha-style-powered-green-tea/

Preparation
160 °F / 71 °C 0 min, 30 sec
Jaime

Okay, I totally cracked up when I read the “ghetto” matcha bit.

Geoffrey Norman

You probably laughed because you know exactly what I’m talking about. Ever had powdered sencha from a salt shaker? I have…there is no greater evil on this Earth.

Jaime

I’ve only tried 52teas’ flavored matchas, actually (another Steepsterite sent me some to try). I’m not sure I like it. Texture, not taste, is the issue for me. That, and I tend to sip my tea, and the matcha tends to settle out and get grainy…or I haven’t figured out the trick yet.

Geoffrey Norman

I guess, for some, it can be an acquired taste. I’ve liked it pretty much from the get-go. Doesn’t mean I haven’t had bad ones, though.

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79
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
190 tasting notes

mmm! sipping on this while carving a pumpkin today! It is really delicious tea, that tastes vegetal and buttery smooth. I am almost out of this tea, and will most definitely have to restock after this sample is finished!

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90

This has to be the freshest green tea I have ever tried. It’s absolutely amazing, even if it’s one of Mellow Monk’s ‘cheaper’ teas. I’ll have to try Top Leaf next.

The package suggests steeping at 167F – opps.

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

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100
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
348 tasting notes

While it may be intense for some on the foretaste, it settles into a grassy, berry-sweet middle ground unlike any sencha I’ve ever tried.

Full Review: http://www.teaviews.com/2010/08/07/review-mellow-monk-top-leaf-green-tea/

Preparation
165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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77
drank Frosty Garden by Mellow Monk
33 tasting notes

I’m not normally a fan of Japanese green tea, but I picked this one up on a whim. It is very mild and not too vegital, so it has been a very enjoyable tea for me. It took a few tries for me to brew it correctly, so be careful. It is easy to over steep.

Preparation
155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 30 sec

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70
drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
22 tasting notes

This is pretty tasty. Got really bitter near the end of the bag.

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85

Had to buy this tea when they offered 20% off for reddit users. I’m not disappointed!

The leaves have a strong smell, almost like a gunpowder green. They also look somewhat similar to gunpowder green, with their rolled shape.

I used my own brewing parameters: 2g for ~3oz water at 175F for 1 minute. The color looked good, a nice bright yellow, and had a nice buttery smell. The taste at first was kind of like a Chinese green with some earthiness, but as I continued to sip, I found more of a smooth buttery flavor come out. I personally like a little more vegetal flavor to my green tea, but it’s still very nice.

For $10, this is a really nice tea. Comes in a nice resealable metal pouch. The shipping was also really fast (Ordered Friday night, got it Monday afternoon).

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

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

This is a good, everyday, great value green tea. It’s not super fancy or high grade. At only $10 for 100 grams, there’s no reason not to buy it ;)

They don’t call it their table wine of green teas for nothing.

Preparation
180 °F / 82 °C 1 min, 15 sec

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84
drank Shaded Leaf by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

This is my 3rd Mellow Monk Tea…I never really know what to expect now…the first one I tried was OK the 2nd one was awful and here’s this one…

This smells like Buttered Lima Beans…good for me I like Buttered Lima Beans. :)

It’s a murky greenish color.

The taste is certainly of the green tea variety but is almost smooth…and buttery. Ya-Know-What? I think I like this! LOL

I don’t think it would be very good cold…but I am liking it hot.

Preparation
200 °F / 93 °C 3 min, 0 sec
AmazonV

hmmm, i like lima beans, this might be worth a try! it’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised :)

TeaEqualsBliss

Lima Beans and I go WAY BACK! LOL
:P
I LOVE me some Lima Beans!

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drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

I recently emailed back and forth with Paul over at Mellow Monk and I must say he’s one of the most easiest/nicest people to chat with about tea via email. He sent me some more of this tea because of my previous review. Thank goodness Steepster dates our tasting notes because it reminded me I tried this one well over a year ago which leads me to believe that I received my sample (that the first review note was based on) was stale or something. So…please base my review of this tea on THIS review and THESE notes…

Upon opening the 3.5 ounce bag the green tea aroma was AMAZING!!!! Pure-Green-Fresh Veggies! As true as you can get! Maybe a hint of buttered veggies with a sprinkle of pepper as an afterthought-smell if that makes sense.

Now I am convinced that the sample from a swap I tried well over a year ago was ‘off’…just goes to show you how important proper storage is!!!

The taste of this is really smooth…not your average green tea! It’s a sweeter-green maybe a mellow to medium strength green with a wonderful creaminess to it! Very hearty! Pretty brothy, too, but a clean-brothy!

I’m REALLY enjoying this cup! Special thanks to Paul for being so wonderful in his emails and sending me a fresh new batch! This is delish!

MAJORLY increasing my rating!!!! This IS a winner! YUM!

Ken Durocher

I agree. I have some of this tea left over, and I find the smell to be very nice. Smells like a Chinese green, but with this wonderful sweet smell, that sencha usually has.

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drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

My attention span is awful today. Oh well.

This looks like that same tea from Mellow Monk that I had yesterday. Smells a bit different tho…it’s way more vegetal but it lessens as it steeps. The liquid is that of a green with a bit of murkiness to it.

It smells like socks after the infusion. Bleh. The taste is a dry-green with funky-dark-spinach aftertaste.

I can’t say as I am a fan…actually, I don’t know if I can finish the cup. ick.

fcmonroe

Sock tea does not sound appealing at all!

Jillian

Well they might be FTGFOP socks. ;P

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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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97
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

I’m liking this one even more these days! YUM! At first I could smell the ‘green’ with a hint something that resembled artichokes prior to infusing. Afterwards more of a buttered veggie type aroma. It’s amazing – the tastes of grapefruit likeness – on the tongue! A true wonder of the world! :)

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97
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

Revisiting this one.
Buttered Veggies – scent
butterd veggies and a bit grassy for taste
brilliant color before, during, after once again!
Nice!

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97
drank Top Leaf by Mellow Monk
6770 tasting notes

This is extremely light in scent and flavor but does NOT have an after taste, thankfully. Next time I am going to over infuse. It’s very light green in color. The leaves – both dry and wet – have a brilliant color tho!

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75
drank Blissful Buds by Mellow Monk
1 tasting notes

I prepared this tea according the instructions and it was fine(1 heaping teaspoon of tea leaves for an 8-ounce cup or mug. The water temperature should be about 75 degrees Celcius (167 degrees Fahrenheit) , let the tea brew for about 3 minutes. For the second and third steepings, let the tea brew for about 30 seconds to 1 minute). I will try different brewing options.

Maybe not my preferred tea but in my list of “the teas that I love”. I will certainly order it again.

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