Organic Hojicha - Organic

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Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Style:Hojicha
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Region:Japan
Loose/teabag:Teabag
Product page:Organic Hojicha

This tea's info last updated: Jan. 27, 2014

Commercial Description

Hojicha is made by roasting Bancha leaves at a high temperature until they turn reddish-brown and take on a strong aromatic fragrance and roasted flavor. Organic Hojicha is pleasantly nutty and smoky with slightly bitter and astringent undertones. Add a slice of lemon or orange if desired.

Brewing Instructions: (from Traditional Medicinals)

Pour 8 oz. freshly boiled water over a tea bag and steep, covered, for 5-10 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

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Reviewer pic57 Aroma: 5/10 Flavor: 4/5 Value: 3/5
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On the heavily roasted and dark side, more coffee-like in aroma and fewer of the green tea qualities come through. Good, but not terribly complex.

There also isn't the most generous quantity of leaf in the teabag. The company recommends 8 oz. of water per teabag, and a long infusion. I brewed it this way and it was pleasantly strong, but there's not enough leaf to brew a larger quantity without it being weak, and using that long an infusion, you can only infuse once. The heavy roast makes this one disappointing if it's brewed too thinly.

Overall, I think this tea doesn't offer the best value. I prefer hojicha loose, but if I'm going to go with teabags I'd rather buy from yamamotoyama because they're more generous with the leaf. Also, Mighty Leaf's hojicha is expensive, but in my opinion, much better. When buying from Traditional medicinals I stick with what they do best--the medicinal teas.
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