Tea: Houjicha Roasted Green Tea

A Hojicha from Wegmans

Picture of Houjicha Roasted Green Tea
Brand:Wegmans
Style:Hojicha
Region:Japan
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Loose?Loose
# Ratings:3 View All

Review of Houjicha Roasted Green Tea

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8 of 104 of 53 of 573 of 100
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A surprisingly good-quality, but expensive hojicha with a light roast, woody aroma, and a sweet flavor.

Dry leaf has a lighter color and a "greener" character to the aroma...only a light roast, and moderate woody aroma, tones of malt or grain, and even a hint of the grassiness characteristic of sencha and other unroasted Japanese teas.

Brews a rather mellow, muted cup...only a light roast evident in the aroma. Surprisingly sweet flavor...very pleasant. Slightly more oolong-like in character than most hojicha.

I tried to make a second infusion, using a 2 minute first infusion, but it was too bland.

At $50 a pound, this is not a cheap tea, which surprises me because Wegmans sells some teas, including matcha-infused green teas of reasonable quality, for much cheaper. I thought this tea was good, but overpriced, especially given that it didn't make a second infusion. It seems a bit odd for Wegmans to stock such a high-priced hojicha when their other Japanese teas, including types that are usually much cheaper than hojicha, are lower-priced.

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