drank Harmony by Mellow Monk
4 tasting notes

This is my first dive into Japanese teas, and I can say that I am quite pleased! I was looking around for a good genmaicha, which I often see served in Japanese restaurants. Then I found Mellow Monk’s genmaicha, Harmony.

When I initially opened the bag I was welcomed with the pleasant scent of fresh green tea and a roasty scent similar to popcorn kernels. The smell is amazing. At first, I had been too careless when preparing this tea and ended up making the water too hot. The flavor was strong and bitter. That was my fault. Then I prepared the tea once more, but I heated the water to a lower temperature and steeped it at the same time.

Perfect!! It has the right amount of nuttiness and has a deep grassy flavor to it. Reminds me of ochazuke. It is very comforting and hearty to drink around this time of year since it’s cold outside. I would drink this tea along with sushi or wagashi. I can’t wait to try Top Leaf and Monk’s Choice when they come in.

Flavors: Grass, Nutty, Toasted Rice

155 °F / 68 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Poor kid who is fairly new to the tea world. My favorite teas so far are oolongs (any flavor profile) shou and young sheng puerh, and all kinds of greens (especially sencha!). Always looking for new things to taste. I’m especially interested in trying more puerh.
90-100 Absolutely amazing, would always try to get more when I have the chance
80-90 Great! Probably where I’d put daily drinkers under
70-80: Good, nothing spectacular but still would drink
60-70: OK, but probably wouldn’t get more of it/might not be my kind of thing
50-60: Definitely not getting more, wouldn’t recommend to anyone
1-50: Wouldn’t drink even if you held me at gunpoint.
Ratings are based on my experience and whether I liked the tea or not. Obviously I’m no expert but my main intent is to record my tea notes here where I can read them later and share my experiences with other people. I’m a firm believer that if you enjoy the tea, however you drink it, then it’s good tea.



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