Mellow Monk Blissful Buds

Country of Origin: Japan
Leaf Appearance: very small, deep green
Ingredients: green tea
Steep time: 2 minutes
Water Temperature: 165 degrees
Preparation Method: kysusu
Liquor: bright, cloudy green

According the product description for this tea, Blissful Buds™ is a mecha, or bud tea, made from young buds and shoots. For more information on mecha, check out this great article from +Ricardo Caicedo at My Japanese Green Tea. This type of tea is often served alongside sushi (which I’m really in the mood for now). Just as with +Mellow Monk Frosty Garden, I prefer to let the small leaf particles settle before sipping. The taste was grassy, vegetal and somewhat fruity with a lingering sweetness. It had a fresh crispness that brought mind slices of green apple. There was quite a bit of astringency but not so much so as to make it unpleasant. If you enjoy sencha or gyokuro then this tea is definitely worth giving a try. It was very refreshing and I’m sure that I will be reaching for it as the warm summer weather heads my way. It would be particularly good when cold steeped.

You can find out more about this tea here.

Nicole has been writing about her love of the leaf since 2008. Her work has been featured on World Tea News, The Daily Tea, Tea Journey, and other publications. She is the winner of the 2018 World Tea Award for Best Tea Blog.