Houjicha Gold (roasted Bancha)

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Brand:Den's Tea
Style:Hojicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Shizuoka, Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Houjicha Gold (roasted Bancha)

This tea's info last updated: Mar. 28, 2018

Commercial Description

The infusion brews an elegant roasted aroma, medium bodied, transparent and light "woodsy" brown liquid. Houjicha also makes a very refreshing iced tea.

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Reviewer pic73 Aroma: 7/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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The aroma of this tea is fairly mild, on the lightly toasted spectrum of Houjicha, blending a faint sweetness with autumn leaves and a touch of loam. Towards the finish there is a blend of nutty and toasted seaweed, giving it a savory, umami finish.

The taste starts a touch smoky and very umami, with strong toasted kelp. This pretty quickly moves to sweet toasted marshmallow and nuttiness with a delightful lingering sweetness. The mouthfeel was a bit dry, not a sucking dryness, but not the coating feeling you get from its less toasted green cousin, it is a dryness I associate with toasted teas, distinct but not at all unpleasant. As the tea cools, the notes of smoke and roasted tea become stronger and linger much longer, leaving a smoky aftertaste. This is an excellent choice as a introductory Houjicha, it showcases the aspects you expect without any of the quirks of a more specialized Houjicha.


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