Our Martin has tasted posh loose leaf teas from MonTeas

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By Martin Isark

I have tasted a large selection of Posh teas from Monteas, Monnow Street, Monmouth. They were seriously impressive. If you don’t to want to drink alcohol  on school nights, and you want something interesting to drink, you should try their 25g bags of the teas. At around two quid a pop, you will get several cups which is great value for money, and if you order over £25 worth the postage is free. Click here to order Monteas.

Flower of Asia, Oolong Loose Leaf Tea, Taiwan, 25g, £2.05
This oolong tea is a real crowd-pleaser! Sip to swallow it presents pronounced white peach notes that are harmoniously blended subtle notes of ripe apples, mango and lotus flavours.
It is wonderful drunk on its own or as an enjoyable non-alcoholic drink to complement your sweet.  Tasted by Martin Isark

Genmaicha aka Popcorn Tea, Green Loose Leaf Tea, Japan, 25g, £1.95

Love the taste of popcorn? This high quality green tea delivers a moreish uplifting drink with a popcorn lick. A must try for the green tea drinkers. Tasted by Martin Isark

Ginger Sencha, Green Loose Leaf Tea, China & Sri Lanka, 25g, £1.95

A quality green tea that delivers a fiery ginger twist! Refreshing drink and it will complement and add another flavour dimension to fish and pasta dishes. Tasted by Martin Isark

Jasmine Dragon Phoenix Pearls, Organic Green Loose Leaf Tea, China, 25g, £5.85

If smell of Jasmine blossom floats your boat then this tea is heaven sent. Wait until the pearls fully unwrap in the teapot before you pour and drink.   Tasted by Martin Isark

Soom, First Flush Darjeeling, Black Loose Leaf Tea, India, 25g, £2.95
This First Flush Darjeeling is made from the first picked new leaves of the tea bush. Often referred to as the champagne of teas, it is drunk without milk.  It delivers elegant notes of freshly mown grass that linger right through to the swallow.  Once tasted, you’ll never want to dunk your dust-filled tannic teabag again. It will complement most savoury dishes and a glass of whisky or brandy.  Tasted by Martin Isark

Margaret’s Hope, Second Flush Darjeeling, Black Loose Leaf Tea, India, 25g, £2.15
This Second Flush Darjeeling is made from the second picked new leaves of the tea bush. Like the first flush it is referred to as the champagne of teas, it is drunk without milk.  Some drinkers prefer the Second Flush as it delivers more flavour than the first flush. Expect flavours of freshly harvested straw and fruited twist.  Once tasted, you’ll never want to dunk your dust-filled teabag again. It will complement most savoury dishes and glass of whisky or brandy.  Tasted by Martin Isark

Decaffeinated Earl Grey Blue Flower, Black Loose Leaf Tea, Sri Lanka, 25g, £2.65

An elegant flavour mix of bergamot and blue mallow blossoms that tantalises the tastebuds right through to the finish and beyond.   Tasted by Martin Isark

Orange Pekoe High-Grown Loose Leaf Tea, Sri Lanka, 25g, £1.95

Orange Pekoe refers the leaves next to the bud, not to the taste. This large green leaf Orange Pekoe presents a light straw colour and oily taste reminds me of the dry Semillon white wine from Bordeaux. Moreish on its own and, it complements fish, salads and pasta dishes well. Tasted by Martin Isark

Lapsang Souchong Fire-Dragon Black Loose Leaf, China, 25g, £1.95

This Lapsang Souchong delivers an elegant smoky drink that has sufficient flavour to trade punches with highly flavoured food. Try it as digestive to complement a glass of malt whisky. Tasted by Martin Isark

Martin Isark, Food & Drink Journalist, Taster, Author & Consultant  
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