Monday, January 23, 2017

Tea Review: Hojicha (Sugimoto America)

Sugimoto America
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture
Product Description: A high-temperature roasting process turns this tea a rich, toasty brown.  However, the use of green, non-oxidized stems and leaves still places this amongst green teas.  Roasted stems have a natural sweetness and body-warming, roasty aroma, making this is a great evening treat.

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

The dry leaves have an aroma of roasted nut shells, smoke, and a hint of cocoa.

The orange infusion has an aroma of smoke, caramelized sugar, and roasted nut shells.  The taste is sweet, smooth, and smoky flavor with long smoky-sweet finish.

This roasted green tea provided three flavorful infusions.  A longer steeping time after the second infusion or more leaves to start will help to bring out fuller flavor over several infusions.  

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