Review: Hakoniwado Yame Houjicha

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Thumbs up!"this hojicha has a different flavor profile than every other hojicha I have ever tried; sure, it is sweet and roasty like a hojicha should be, but it also has an underlying earthy-woodsy flavor "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7/10
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Hojicha is such an interesting green tea because its flavor is totally unlike that of any other green tea. Today I reviewed a hojicha from Hakoniwado. The tea undergoes a roasting process which makes the leaves look more like brown twigs than green tea leaves. This particular tea has a fairly intense aroma of toast with woodsy undertones. The recommended preparation is boiling water and a 1.5 minute infusion. The tea is a light tan color. With just one sip, I realized that this hojicha has a different flavor profile than every other hojicha I have ever tried. Sure, it is sweet and roasty like a hojicha should be, but it has this underlying earthy-woodsy flavor that somewhat reminded me of the scent of uncooked mushrooms. I am not sure my description is doing the tea justice, but I suppose it would suffice to say that the tea tastes incredibly fresh. In some ways, the flavor of this tea was slightly reminiscent of the pungent fruitiness found in a Dan Cong Oolong. I enjoyed this tea warm, but I really liked it at room temperature and slightly cool too. The roasty flavor of the tea lingers on the tongue for quite some time. I really appreciated the quality of this tea, and would recommend it to others.

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