Hojicha

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Brand:Harney and Sons
Style:Hojicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Kyoto, Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Hojicha

This tea's info last updated: Apr. 23, 2018

Commercial Description

These are roasted twigs from some of the best gardens in Uji, Japan. One of the joys of Japanese food stores is the smell of fresh roasted Hojicha. It is reminiscent of coffee, but sweeter, and has very reduced levels of caffeine.

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Reviewer pic89 Aroma: 8/10 Flavor: 5/5 Value: 5/5
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An excellent roasted twig tea, crisp flavor and complex aroma! Probably my favorite roasted twig tea (i.e. not roasted leaf tea) that I have ever had.

I tend to always like hojicha, but this was one of the more interesting batches I've tried in a while.

This one is a roasted kukicha (twig tea) and the roast looks quite light, with considerable greenish color left in some of the twigs; the dry leaf smelled so strongly, a pleasant roasty aroma with notes of wood, but there was also an off note, that reminded me of fresh acrylic paint. I hope the cup doesn't smell like this!!!

Thankfully, it does not! The cup actually reminds me a little bit of vanilla-flavored coffee, with a strong roasty aroma and notes of vanilla and cream.

Flavor is bold and crisp, surprisingly so. Also, resteeps surprisingly well for a hojicha. Great price too!
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