Hojicha (Basic Roast)
Origin: Japan, Wazuka
Product Description: Medium light in body, Hojicha Basic Roast, has a subtle sweet taste with light notes of sesame seeds. Its brown bronze-like hue is accompanied by a warm woody aroma with hints of dry timber. Made by roasting Yanagi Bancha, Hojicha Basic Roast is one of the most warming Japanese teas.
Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes
The dry leaf aroma is smoky and peppery with notes of wood and salt.
The orange amber infusion has a rich and smoky aroma with notes of roasted nuts and wood and a hint of fruit. The taste is smooth and light, nutty and woody, savory and almost sweet with a long nutty finish.
Three steepings produced three flavorful cups of tea with just a little less nuance and a hint of astringency in the third infusion. I enjoyed this at 175° F, though a slightly higher temperature (185-190° F) would bring out a bolder flavor.