Origin: Japan, Wazuka
Product Description: Medium-bodied with a sharp finish, Hojicha Amber presents an energising astringent taste with undertones of walnut. When steeped it has a red-tinted amber color and a powerful woody aroma with notable hints of oak. Made by roasting Sencha of the Summer Sun, Hojicha Amber, has the most intense flavor among all Hojichas.
Temperature: 175° F
Amount: 3 grams
Steeping Time: 2 minutes
The dry leaves have a tempting aroma of cocoa, caramel, and fire-seared wood.
The orange-amber infusion has an aroma of caramelized vegetables and smoky roasted nuts with a hint of caramelized sugar. The taste is full-flavored, smoky and smooth, with notes of fresh roasted nuts and wood and a long finish.
This hojicha is smooth and palate friendly, producing at least three flavorful infusions. I made a separate pot later in the day, forgetting about it for over five minutes, and the resulting tea was still delicious with no bitterness.