drank Monk's Choice by Mellow Monk
49 tasting notes

This tea doesn’t taste quite like any sencha I’ve ever had, but it’s still undeniably a sencha—and a really tasty one, at that. The flavors are sometimes subtle, but still very clear. The tea is earthy, rich, and vegetal, with a hint of sweetness, a bit of umami, and a little bit of a nutty flavor and smell, which was a nice surprise. In addition, it seems like a pretty easy brew; I’ve only had it for a couple days, but it doesn’t seem nearly as finicky as some sencha can be, and I’ve been able to get its good flavor consistently.

Part of the reason I rated this so highly is the value. I find that inexpensive sencha can be murky, with the subtlety replaced by a lack of real flavor; this is not the case here. I’ve moved from Chinese greens to Japanese greens, so I tend to drink sencha every work day, and had been looking for something not too expensive but still good. I was pretty disappointed by the Daily Sencha from O-cha, so I decided to give this one a try. For $10 for 100 grams, it’s an incredibly complex and rich tea, comparable in quality to many teas that would cost $17 or more for the same amount. I’d highly recommend it as a daily drinker; without a doubt, it has the best quality-to-price ratio I’ve ever seen in a sencha.

If this is what Mellow Monk offers as its least expensive tea, I’m very excited to try some of the pricer ones on special occasions!

Flavors: Earth, Grass, Nutty, Sweet, Toasty, Vegetal

165 °F / 73 °C 2 min, 0 sec 1 tsp 8 OZ / 236 ML

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Hi, there! I’m Marcy. I’ve enjoyed tea ever since I was a kid, but only recently (within the past few years) have I really gotten into high quality, loose-leaf tea. Now, all my friends know me as a lover of all kinds of teas, and I’m always happy to share. I try to make tea for people whenever I can.

When I’m not making and drinking tea, I’m usually writing, hiking, building with Lego, or spending time with my wife and kids.

I rarely feel satisfied with giving something a numerical rating, so most of my reviews are listed as simply either “recommended” or “not recommended.” I’m OK with giving ratings to amazing tea and terrible tea, but everything in between just doesn’t seem right, so I usually stay away, and hope that my written reviews will be illuminating enough.

Recently I’ve become a huge fan of Japanese green teas, though a good oolong or pu’er is always welcome.


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