Review: Sugimoto USA Hoji Cha

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Thumbs up!"intense roasted flavor- think burnt toast with hints of sugar, nuttty and woodsy notes. "
Vanessa’s Teaview: 7.5/10
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Sugimoto is a company specializing in Japanese green teas. Their website is very informative about many aspects of tea. I recently sampled their Hoji Cha. As soon as I inspected my sample of this tea, I knew that this would not be an ordinary cup of Hoji Cha. My sample packet looked like a collection of small twigs or sticks, perhaps like a green kukicha, but missing anything that resembles a leaf altogether. According to the Sugimoto website, only young baby stems are used in this tea because these stems make the tea sweeter and more flavorful. The roasted quality of these leaves is readily apparent in just one whiff of the dry stems. Wow, that is an intense roasty aroma. I found out that the aroma is a pretty good indication of the flavor of this tea: intense roasted flavor. Think burnt toast with hints of sugar, nuttty and woodsy notes. Other hoji chas that I have sampled prior to this one have been much more subdued, and I have to say that I personally prefer a less in-your-face roasted flavor. For me, this tea was just a bit too strong, but again, that is just my personal taste preference. Even though the flavor wasn't especially to my likings, I do want to comment that there was no question that this tea was fresh and high quality. The flavor was bold and crisp, and you don't get that from a tea that isn't fresh and of high quality. Even though this tea was too strong for sipping, I did decide to use some for cooking. I prepared a cup of this tea and used it in place of water for preparing a pot of wild rice. The roasted, woodsy, and nutty flavors complemented the wild rice wonderfully. In all, this isn't necessarily a tea that I would drink again, but I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to those looking for a different green tea experience or to those that love strong roasted flavors.

— To purchase Sugimoto USA Hoji Cha, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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