5 Tasting Notes
I’m a big fan of Mellow Monk, but this tea underwhelmed me. I have read the accolades it has received, and have what I believe to be a decent tea tasting palate, but it just didn’t do it for me. Not to say it is bad, it certainly isn’t, but it just isn’t nearly as good as everyone says. Sweet, round, and vegetable flavors coat your mouth.
Flavors: Round, Sweet, Vegetal
Shaded Leaf has consistently been my go-to. Very soft, sweet, and grassy, it is the quintessential Gyokuro. Has gone down in quality over the years, likely due to the soil, but it still easily one of the best on the market. Very easy to get tea drunk on. Batch from 2013 was maybe one of the best teas I’ve ever had.
Flavors: Grass, Sweet
Very smooth and drinkable, but doesn’t have much in the flavor department. Typical leafiness and a bit of butter on the tongue. Having some right now, notice that the astringency is fairly low, but has a nice bite at the end. Was surprised the reviews were so overwhelmingly for it, however, as I have had much nicer teas.
Flavors: Butter, Grass