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Certainly a ‘mysterious’ blend despite being a delicious mixture of grenadine and vanilla. Perhaps first created by Tibetan monks – infused with universal life energy, this tea is a perfect all day treat; sweet and toasty with a touch of dryness and a subtle bouquet. Originally, it is believed that this blend was developed by monks to support their life’s desires, especially the work that they did all by hand. Tea is an item that these monks considered good for the soul. Franciscan monks used to drink this tea to keep them awake during long periods of meditation. It is fair to say that this is an ancient and harmonious blend, as it is also used by Buddhist and Taoist monks.

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2584 tasting notes

My favorite Monk’s Blend is the Metropolitan/Mlesna version from Culinary Teas. This one is still really good, but the vanilla/grenadine flavoring is almost a little … syrupy? (Duh—grenadine is syrup, yes?) Anyway, it was strong enough I could dump in a half teaspoon of mate leaves without much flavor deterioration at at all.


I am sure this is the same stuff. The Whistilng Kettle has to many teas that are like Metro teas for it to be a concindence.


I wondered about that, and if that’s the case and it’s the same stuff, it must be my imagination about the flavor difference. Judging books by their cover and all :)

Then again, I had a full pound of Monks Blend that I milked for I don’t know how many seasons, so it’s possible that my taste memory was registering the stuff that was getting old.

I’d love to be a tea taster when I grow up, but my taste buds are awfully inconsistent to be objective!


I often wonder if freshness could be an issue. Some tea vendors are better about storage than others. Flavor difference could also come from the water, the amount of tea used, etc. Maybe your taster is just noticing those kinds of subtleties. (I remember sending you this one becasue it was on your list of ones you liked!)


..ummm…because. I seem to always get my ‘s’ and ‘u’ switched when typing that word…..


My brain is such that once I’ve made a certain typo, I’ll make it from that point forward forever.

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618 tasting notes

I’d never tried a “Monks Blend” tea before so I’m not sure if they all taste like this, but… I am enjoying this cup! The flavor is a rich black tea mixed with something sweet. It’s almost a candy sweetness. To me, it’s like a marshmallow, cherry and some kind of fluffy vanilla sugar. Really delicious! I will definitely have to buy a larger amount in the future. Thank you to SimplyJenW for a sample!

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1473 tasting notes

Ooh ho ho….we love Monk’s Blend, yes we do. Yum. So very yum. This one is our first looseleaf Monks Blend, it’s one of the few we both like, so we are happy to make a pot to share. It’s a tasty black without getting bitter, which always makes me happy. I could drink this all day…and I just might! Thanks so much, SimplyJenW!

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18 tasting notes

This tea tastes so much prettier than I expected. Nice balance of malty black tea and vanilla.

Boiling 3 min, 30 sec 1 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Maybe this one just doesn’t travel well in a timolino? I brought it to work today but I didn’t really enjoy it (to be fair I didn’t really dislike it either). Normally I’m all over Monk’s Blend! I thought it was fairly astringent though – and that the grenadine was a little light for my tastes.

Also, weirdly enough, I kept getting notes of banana? What’s that about?

I’ll hold off rating it though until I’ve had a chance to brew it at home under different conditions. I want to love this one – especially after aisling of tea was kind enough to send so much of it my way.


I had to same reaction to this (minus the banana notes)

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6290 tasting notes

Thank you Roswell Strange (and aisling of tea) for sharing another Monk’s Blend tea. After the success I had with the first one you sent, I was excited to give this a try. Unfortunately, it just does not compare. It was a sweet black tea but nothing distinctively vanilla nor grenadine flavored. Oh well. Hopefully the Cornelia Bean version is more closed aligned with the Metropolitan Tea Company one since I have 50 g of that lying around.

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