Monday, July 23, 2012
Yuzu Dream (Mellow Monk)
This tea from the fine folks at Mellow Monk (whose teas I have consistently enjoyed) is a bit different from their usual unflavoured traditional teas. This is a tamayokucha, (lit. curled green tea) in Japanese, a shade-grown steamed tea. It's flavoured with small pieces of yuzu peel, a citrus fruit I have never encountered before, but is akin to a sour mandarin or a grapefruit.
The leaves are curled or in pieces, and a deep forest green punctuated with contrasting orange-coloured yuzu peel. The aroma of the leaves is strongly fragrant, of tangy dried citrus with an edge of earth dried mango underneath.
The liquor is a slightly hazy yellow with a creamy, buttery aroma with a citrus undertone, not unlike a citrusy of a milk oolong!
The first sip is tart citrus, followed by a milky, sweet, graham cracker note, with a vegetal undertone, followed by bold sharp citrus in the aftertaste, with a similar mouthfeel to biting into citrus peel, but with no bitterness. Yuzu seems to me, at least what I can tell from the tea, to taste like a grapefruit wrapped in an orange skin. This is a gorgeous tea, and I'd strongly recommend it even to people who don't like flavoured teas.
Yuzu Dream at Mellow Monk