|"Houjicha is a green tea, often very palatable to black tea drinkers, as it has a warm nutty flavor that goes well with food. "|
Product description: Yame is known throughout Japan as best tea-production region. Houjicha, while technically a green tea, is often mistaken for a black tea due to its dark color. In fact, the dark color is achieved through roasting, not oxidation. Still, houjicha is often very palatable to black tea drinkers, as it has a warm nutty flavor that goes well with food. Houjicha is commonly known to be very low in caffeine, as a result of the roasting process. For this reason, many enjoy it at night, when other teas would keep them awake.
My experience: Unlike other houjichas I’ve encountered, this tea releases its aroma immediately as boiling water hits it. And a fine aroma it is – complex and nutty. The second day I tried this tea, found myself anticipating the aroma and I was not disappointed. The taste is richer than expected, pleasant earthy nuttiness. I could feel the taste of this tea in my top front teeth, an unusual but pleasant sensation. Overall, the feeling imparted from drinking this tea is of calm balance, a special quality transcending the obvious effects of low caffeine content. I could enjoy this frequently as an after dinner tea. As anticipated, it didn't cause wakefulness. Second infusion did not release as much aroma but still quite good.
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