Monday, December 08, 2008

Tea Review 91 - Mellow Monk Green

Top Leaf Green Tea
Mellow Monk

A day without a top-quality Japanese green tea is like a day without sunshine - or something like that.

It's been a while since I've put together a mail order or received any samples from tea merchants. So for a good stretch I've been getting by with tea that I'd consider to be acceptable, but hardly stellar.

Which means that I was primed for some prime green tea, something along the lines of Mellow Monk's Top Leaf. Here's what Mellow Monk has to say about it:

"This is our top-of-the-line honcha, or traditional green tea. Top Leaf tea is specially pampered in its own separate corner of the tea orchard. Not only does this tea receive extra fertilizer (organic, of course) during the growing season, but at harvest time, the growers pick only the top layer of young tea leaves. The result is a distinctive, more subtle, gentler flavor. This tea is always first flush."

Works for me. The dry leaf is small and has a nice, dark green appearance. Unlike some greens, the aroma of the dry leaf is rather understated. The steeped tea has a nice pale golden color, with just a hint of green and the taste is rather subtle - as compared to some of the "fishy" Japanese greens - but quite satisfying nonetheless.

Highly recommended.

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