Leaf Type: Green
Where to Buy: Tealet
Grown on the Obubu Tea Plantation in Kyoto, Japan.
Houjicha is a Japanese roasted green tea that has rich, sweet flavors that cannot be found in any other Japanese green tea. The roasting of the tea brings out a smoky flavor that removes any of the bitterness often found in Japanese green tea. The heat processing of the tea leaves removes caffeine which makes this the perfect tea to pour at night or with the family. Children and novice tea drinkers find the sweet taste easy to drink.
Learn more about this tea here.
I do enjoy a good Houjicha, and the Houjicha from the Obubu Tea Plantation are among some of the very best that I’ve tried, so I was very pleased to learn that Tealet was offering Houjicha from Obubu as well as some other amazing teas from this plantation.
This Houjicha is lightly roasted, giving it a pleasing toasty taste. The toasty flavor gives it a very autumnal taste, and it’s so comforting to sip. It has a cozy feel to it, sort of like getting wrapped up in a big, warm, fluffy blanket. It has a very soothing effect … relaxing.
This is beautifully sweet and not at all bitter. Instead of the “green” vegetative taste that comes from most green teas, this has more of a sweet, roasted nutty taste. There is some smokiness to the taste as well, arriving toward the tail of the sip, and then lingering into the aftertaste.
I enjoy Houjicha served hot or iced – but, it is most soothing when served hot, and it doesn’t need any additions, it has a natural sweetness to it that I wouldn’t want to overwhelm with additional sweetener and I think that milk would overpower the whole cup. It’s really quite delightful, just as it is.