Artisan’s Reserve is one of the top teas from Mellow Monk.
The first thing I did after opening the resealable bag was to smell the leaves.
I was surprised because it wasn’t grassy like most Japanese green teas, I felt a creamy and slightly sweet aroma.
As you can see in the closeup picture that I took, the leaves are somewhat curly and with some broken bits. This is certainly as a result of the deep steaming, which makes leaves more brittle.
Time for a tasting
This one was a little difficult in the sense that it’s a blend.
What I did was brew it like a tamaryokucha, 4 grams of leaves with 60 ml (2 oz) of water and with a one minute infusion time.
The color was a clear yellow with a light green tone. This was also unexpected, since deep steamed teas usually make a dark green liquid. However, judging from the color in Mellow Monk’s website, it looks like I’m in the right track.
The brewed tea has now a vegetal aroma. I tasted it and it had the characteristic flavor of a tea from the first flush.
I can’t describe the aftertaste, except that it’s pleasant.
Very well, let’s go for another infusion. You can steep this tea three times.
I used the same settings as in the first infusion. This time the color became a little darker, and the bitterness and astringency increased a bit. The aroma is about the same.
The taste was good too, there wasn’t a big difference from the first steeping.
The teas of Mellow Monk that I’ve reviewed have all been great, and this one keeps the bar high. I have no complaints.