Thursday, April 7, 2016

Tea Review: Hojicha Amber (Obubu)

Hojicha Amber
Type: Green
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.

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