Houjicha Green Tea - Organic

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Brand:Arbor Teas
Style:Hojicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Houjicha Green Tea

This tea's info last updated: Sep. 7, 2010

Commercial Description

This organic Houjicha (also spelled "Hojicha") green tea is roasted to perfection to produce an amber infusion with flavors of toasted grain and honey, with a pleasant buckwheat aroma. Although this is truly a green tea (in that it lacks oxidation), the leaves are turned brown during the roasting process. ...

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Reviewer pic67 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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A twiggy hojicha with a lot of large leaves and quite a lot of stem. Looks like roasted bancha with perhaps a bit of kukicha in the mix (more twig than typical for bancha). Looks very dark in color, but the aroma is not quite as overwhelmingly roasty as some of the dark-roast hojicha I've tried.

Brews a very dark cup with a strong roasted aroma, but the flavor is extremely mild, with almost no bitterness, and even somewhat sweet. A twiggy hojicha with a lot of large leaves and quite a lot of stem. Looks like roasted bancha with perhaps a bit of kukicha in the mix (more twig than typical for bancha). Looks very dark in color, but the aroma is not quite as overwhelmingly roasty as some of the dark-roast hojicha I've tried. A hint of vanilla like tones in the aroma...mostly roasty, with some woody qualities.

Very smooth flavor. I brewed this tea a few times, and I didn't do anything noticeably different, but the second steeping it came out much more sour. I disliked that a lot. In one brewing, there was an oddly astringent finish...leaving a sort of gritty or dusty feeling on the palate.

This seemed expensive for what it was. It wasn't bad but wasn't otherworldly either. I've had several hojicha's that I preferred that were also cheaper.
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Reviewer pic80 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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I've never had Houjicha before, so I don't have a baseline to compare to. But, I really enjoyed this tea. A mild, smokey sweet flavor unlike any other style of green tea.
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