Mountain Snow from Mellow Monk

Tea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green (Matcha)

Where to Buy:  Mellow Monk

Product Description:

Finely powdered matcha-style tea made from sencha varietals.

Taster’s Review:

I have tasted quite a few Matcha teas (especially in the last couple of years).  And of those different Matcha teas, this one is perhaps the most different.  I attribute that difference to the fact that this tea is made from Sencha rather than Tencha.

And this difference can really be tasted in the tea.  This Matcha presents a strong vegetative flavor.  Yes, Matcha is usually vegetative, but, this tastes grassier than other Matcha teas.  That vegetative flavor offers a savory bitter tone that arrives about mid-sip.

The sip begins with a smooth sweetness which is cut by the aforementioned bitter note.  The sip finishes sweet and is somewhat fruit-like.  The aftertaste is grassy but not unpleasantly so.  Actually, I am finding this to be a very enjoyable bowl of Matcha.  Different, yes.  But as I’ve said before, different can be good.  That is certainly true in this case.

This is a Matcha that I would recommend for other culinary uses, as well.  Because of its stronger vegetal taste, it will be a good tea to use in dishes that you want to bring out a very strong “green tea” taste.  Especially good in smoothies!


Co-Founder/Co-Creator of SororiTea Sisters, Mad Tea Artist at 52Teas
Anne (aka the Mad Tea Artist) has celebrated her 29th birthday for many years now. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her hubby and her youngest daughter. Her oldest daughter is married and has bestowed Anne with the proud title of "Gramma" and her grandson is about the cutest boy you ever did see.

Anne started her journey with tea as a casual drinker and became more serious about her tea drinking when she realized that she couldn't drink coffee. Shortly thereafter, she started becoming obsessed with the beverage and she started creating small-batch, artisan blends of tea that she sold online as LiberTEAS. After a few years, she realized she wasn't cut out to be the sole proprietor of a business so she closed LiberTEAS and started reviewing teas online. She met Jennifer through another blog that they both reviewed for and they decided to start their own review blog. This review blog!

Throughout her journey as a tea reviewer, she discovered 52Teas and became enamored with the idea of creating a new tea every week. When the founder of 52Teas decided he wanted to move on, he offered the business to Anne but knowing that she wasn't cut out to be a sole proprietor, she instead offered the company to her oldest daughter who employs her as the Mad Tea Artist for 52Teas!

3 thoughts on “Mountain Snow from Mellow Monk

  1. Thank you for your comment. I can appreciate your stand, and I do realize this is quite different from traditional Matcha. However, since other teas are now being marketed as Matcha, including black tea, white tea and rooibos, I felt it was appropriate to identify this as a type of Matcha as well, especially since Mellow Monk calls it a “Matcha-style” tea powder.

    Matcha isn’t just for Tencha anymore.

  2. Jan Jochim says:

    i understand. but matcha as a product is trademarked. only tencha leaves can become matcha tea. everything else… is tea powder. for the customers it is confusing. like i said there are huge differences between matcha and tea powder. it looks different, it tastes different and its a completely different drink.

    of course also green tea powder can taste great and can be used in many different ways. but it is just “matcha-style” or “green tea powder”, to call it “Matcha” is confusing and simply wrong!

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