Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tea Review: Houjicha (Maruyuama/Chado Tea House)

Maruyama/Chado Tea House
Type: Green
Origin: Japan, Shizuoka Prefecture
Product Description: Hojicha tea is known for its mild and toasty aroma; distinguished from others Japanese tea It is fired at high temperature, altering the leaf color from green to reddish-brown appearance, and mild due to losing tannin and caffeine during the high temperature roasting process.

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

The dry leaves have a rich aroma of roasted nut shells, smoky seared wood, and cocoa.

The copper-brown infusion has a rich, smoky, sweet aroma with notes of roasted nuts and caramelized sugar.  The taste is rich with notes of roasted chestnuts and baked squash or roasted yams and a smoky finish.

The flavor was full and rich throughout two steepings.  A third steeping was much milder, yet still enjoyable.

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