Organic Hojicha Roasted Green Tea from Shi Zen

Organic_Houjicha_teaTea Information:

Leaf Type:  Green

Where to Buy:  Shi Zen

Tea Description:

Houjicha is a roasted green tea that has a smooth and mellow roasted nut flavor. Our houjicha is grown on the family farms in the foothills of Mount Fuji and roasted by a tea artisan that has the top quality roasting technique in Japan. Houjicha’s refreshing taste will be suitable when served with a meal, and of course great for after meals and simply for tea time too.

Learn more about this tea here.

Taster’s Review:

Sweet!  I just adore the sweet, roasty-toasty flavor of a Japanese Houjicha.  And I love that this Houjicha from Shi Zen is organic!  The flavor is sweet, nutty and smooth.  It is a comforting flavor, evoking thoughts of a warm, fluffy blanket in wintertime … but in a teacup!

But of course, it’s summertime right now, and it would seem that we’re having an uncomfortably hot time of it at the moment.  Not exactly the time that I want to be thinking of a warm, fluffy blanket.  So instead, I brought this cup into my bedroom where the AC is on full-blast, and I sipped the wondrous liquid as the cool air enveloped me.

And even though it’s terribly hot, I’m finding that a warm cup of Organic Houjicha from Shi Zen is quite relaxing to sip.  The sweet, toasted nut flavor is so tasty!  Not grassy or vegetal – these leaves have been toasted and the flavors transformed from the usual vegetal tasting green to a sweeter, mellower, roasted flavor.  The sweetness is like a warm caramel flavor.  Mmm!

I enjoy a flavorful Houjicha any time of day, but I find it to be most satisfying after I’ve had a meal that I’d normally want to follow up with a sweet dessert-y treat.  I find that the sweet, caramel notes of the tea satiate that craving while the tea soothes and relaxes me so I don’t need to indulge in something heavier.

A really lovely treat, this Organic Houjicha from Shi Zen!

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