Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Tea Review: Hojicha Gold (Obubu)

Hojicha Gold
Obubu/京都おぶぶ茶苑
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Wazuka
Product Description: Medium in body with a silky quality, Hojicha Gold offers umami taste with vibrant notes of roasted sunflower seeds. Its dark golden color is followed by warming aroma of firewood. Made by roasting spring senchas, Gold offers the smoothest and most luxurious experience of all Hojichas.

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

The dry leaves have a peppery, smoky aroma with notes of seasoned wood and a hint of brown sugar.

The golden infusion has a rich aroma of roasted nuts and smoky wood with a rich, smooth taste of roasted nuts and sunflower seeds, a thick and savory umami, and a long savory finish.

The rich and savory aroma and taste you can sink your teeth into carries through two infusions.  A third infusion is worth tasting as it begins to take on a green vegetal flavor and aroma and the liquor color becomes pink and gold.  




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