Thursday, May 1, 2014

Tea Review: Houji Kukicha (Mad Hat Tea Company)

Houji Kukicha
Mad Hat Tea Company
Type:  Green
Origin:  Japan 
Product Description:  Not provided.

Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes

The dry leaves have an aroma of cocoa powder, sweet tobacco, and seared wood.

The infusion is golden orange with a aroma of grilled vegetables, cocoa powder, and caramelized sugar with a sweet, smooth, toasty flavor.

This tea is most flavorful and aromatic at one infusion.  Due to roasting and because this is a stem tea, the dry leaves are considerably lighter in weight than an unroasted leaf tea.  It took well over two full teaspoons of dry tea to reach 3 grams and produce a flavorful cup of tea.  

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