Review: Hakoniwado Yame Houjicha

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Its OK"This is definitely a good quality, reasonably priced hojicha. It is flavourful enough to be paired with baked goods or steamed veggies. However, it lacks some of the sweet, mocha-like notes that I personally prefer from this type of tea. "
Sophie’s Teaview: 6.5/10
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I enjoy drinking hojichas because they are very low in caffeine. Most of it is destroyed throughout the heavy roasting process they undergo. Not that they would contain much in the first place, being mostly made up of twigs. This particular offering heads from the Japanese region of Yame. The straw-like tea features a range of beige and tan hues and a sweet and smokey aroma.

I followed the instructions provided, steeping a heaping teaspoonful in freshly boiled water for one and a half minutes. The resulting cup is a lovely shade of burnt orange with an enticing “roasted mocha” aroma. Being primarily smokey, this tea displays well developed toasted notes. These avoid being too intense and wandering over into acrid territory. The other aspect that stands out here is a savoury, broth-like dimension to the cup. There is a touch of cashews and nutmeg to the middle, followed by a lightly sweet finish, akin to a mixture of grains and honey. The texture is rather round and filling. This is fairly balanced and flavourful brew overall.

A second and third cup can be had following a 4 minute and an 8 minute infusion. While the second steep is remarkably close to the first, the third is mostly focused on the toasted notes, the tea getting progressively less savoury over time.

This is definitely a good quality hojicha and it's reasonably priced to boot. It is flavourful enough to be paired with baked goods or steamed veggies. However, it lacks some of the sweet, mocha-like notes that I personally prefer from this type of tea. Those who like their teas far along the savoury spectrum might want to check this offering out though.

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