Houjicha Amber Roast

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Brand:Obubu Tea
Style:Hojicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Kyoto, Japan
Loose/teabag:Loose
Product page:Houjicha Amber Roast

This tea's info last updated: Feb. 12, 2018

Commercial Description

This Hojicha is quite unique. Made by roasting summer Sencha instead of the traditional Bancha leaves, Hojicha Amber reveals a much more intense firewood flavor, with a walnut aftertaste. Low in caffeine, it is a delicious nighttime tea.

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Reviewer pic87 Aroma: 9/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 4/5
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The aroma of this Houjicha is fun, it starts off as sweet roasted marshmallows and a touch of campfire, it then transitions to toasted sesame, burnt grass, and lastly a tiny wisp of distant sea air. I very much so had a vision pop into my mind of roasted marshmallows on a beach, the fire made from driftwood and sea grass.

Ah, this is a nicely savory Houjicha. There are, at least that I have experienced, two kinds of Houjicha, the ones that taste sweet like roasted marhsmallows, and the ones that are savory and rich. Obviously this greatly depends on the tea, and since Sencha of the Summer Sun was not a sweet Sencha, this totally makes sense. Yunomi uses the word robust to describe this tea, and I agree, it is a good description, the umami mixture of roasted kelp and campfire washes over your tongue, again it reminds me of a seaside bonfire. At the very finish transitioning into the aftertaste you get a touch of toasted marshmallow, this delicate sweetness with a bit of smoke lingers for quite a while. I can see this being the perfect end of summer beginning of autumn tea, it reminds me so much of that last visit to the ocean before summer is over, but you can start feeling the chill in the air at night.


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